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Oh My Ghostess: Episode 3

Oh my goodness, this drama is too freaking cute. More specifically, it’s Park Bo-young who’s ridiculously adorable, somehow managing to be simultaneously hilarious and sympathetic while never getting annoying. She’s aided by a great synchronicity with Kim Seul-gi, bubbly and energetic in similar ways, though you could argue that’s just more demonstration of acting skill. Not that I’d ever forget that it’s Park Bo-young acting, but it’s not hard to occasionally believe that she’s really been possessed.

 
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EPISODE 3 RECAP

Encountering her father and brother in the police station has jogged Soon-ae’s memory, and we see that in the past, her family’s restaurant was a bustling business, with customers lining up outside the door. Everyone had called her “Daughter” and she’d treated the ajusshis with affectionate bickering, singing for them when they insisted.

Now, Soon-ae-in-Bong-sun’s-body goes back to the restaurant with Dad, who carries drunk Little Bro on his back. It’s emotional for her to take in the familiar surroundings, and she holds back tears while eating the dinner Dad prepares for her. Everywhere she sees things she’d nagged him about when she’d been alive; we know poor hapless Dad has been struggling without her, and it’s evident in every corner of the restaurant.

Dad thanks Soon-ae for helping his son and insists on giving her cab fare home. Hurrying out, Soon-ae looks around the neighborhood with tear-filled eyes, recognizing everything as memories of the friendly neighborhood shopowners flood back to her. Forgetting herself, she speaks familiarly to one ajumma before realizing that she isn’t recognizable in this body.

As Soon-ae walks by the police station, she remembers how she used to deliver lunch to the officers—and how she’d taken extra care with Officer Sung-jae’s, sneaking an egg into his rice bowl. Aw, cute. She thinks that he’s still as warm as ever: “Everything else is the same, but why am I the only one not here? With all these memories, why did I die?” She still can’t recall the moment she died, and she wonders what happened.

The next day, Dad drinks alone in his empty restaurant as the chef battle program plays on TV. He recognizes Soon-ae (well, Bong-sun), as well as the dish she’d made out of Sun-woo’s burned rice—that rice soup that Dad no longer serves, Soon-ae’s specialty.

Over at Sun Restaurant, the assistant chefs watch the episode and call Sun-woo a genius for coming up with such a dish when he doesn’t even eat rice, and praise Bong-sun as a natural. Of course, bratty sous chef Min-soo is still bitter about losing his shot at TV fame and grumbles about it, but everyone else is impressed.

They wonder where the boss is, and we see Sun-woo watching the episode on his phone, nitpicking the camera work and puffing up in satisfaction to see how well he came off. Then a passing cyclist stops to ask a question, and he assumes she’s going to ask for an autograph before realizing she just wants directions. Hee, his ego is hilarious and embarrassing.

Soon-ae hears that the restaurant received free specialty gloves from a sponsor and sneaks a pair out to give to her father, whose own pair is falling apart. She assures him that it’s a free sample and asks permission to look around his kitchen, sighing to herself to see the sad state of affairs. She adds a splash of soda to Dad’s kimchi, and he marvels at how it tastes just like his daughter’s—he hadn’t known the knack of getting that taste.

She asks about his daughter, but Dad merely says she’s gone “far away.” Then he insists on popping out for something to offer his guest, and Soon-ae looks around the living area, nearly in tears again to see that Dad has left her room exactly the same.

That’s when her brother Kyung-mo finds her and asks what she’s doing, eyeing her with suspicion. She rolls her eyes and snaps back, and it’s only when Dad tells Kyung-mo to thank her for helping him home last night that he very grudgingly does.

Soon-ae takes issue with her rude kid bro and makes digs at him for getting drunk and not helping his father around the shop. They’re firing back insults about being unemployed losers when she realizes the time’s gotten away from her, and she runs out to make it to work while promising to come back.

That she does, dropping by regularly to deliver supplies he badly needs, saying they have too much at her restaurant. Dad’s bewildered, but grateful.

Sun-woo decides on a caviar-based dish for today’s special, and is confused when he can’t find it in the refrigerator. Uh-oh. Assistant chef Dong-chul hesitantly mentions that little things have started to go missing lately.

Soon-ae runs into Officer Sung-jae as she’s leaving another visit with Dad, and he walks with her and notes that she’s bonded with the ajusshi. Soon-ae sighs happily to herself that it must’ve been fate for her to get stuck in Bong-sun’s body, since it’s allowed her to see her father and also Sung-jae. She just barely resists grabbing his hand, while he says he had her pegged wrong, thinking her very shy and introverted.

He leaves her with a standard “Be careful on the way back,” which Soon-ae thrills over like it’s some huge gesture. Giddy with excitement, she skips along and whirls in circles—and for one split second, we see Soon-ae’s spirit flash out of the body. Hm, is that just to remind us it’s Soon-ae, or are we looking at possible ejection?

Dad doesn’t know what to do with all of Soon-ae’s supplies, unable to refuse them but feeling weird about using them. Bro Kyung-mo is much more suspicious, saying she’s gotta be up to something, like a scam of some sort. He warns Dad to be wary of women, who can be scarier than ghosts.

Soon-ae arrives at the restaurant to find the staff lined up before Sun-woo, who talks in a calm, reasonable tone that’s frankly scarier than yelling outright. He says he would have lent money if needed, or praised someone for taking a few ingredients to practice on, but can’t abide this theft. Especially with expensive caviar, even if the rest of the pilfered items were laughably cheap.

Soon-ae catches the drift of this lecture belatedly, and when Sun-woo asks for a confession, she starts to speak up. But sous chef Min-soo speaks up first, to suggest that they’re all trustworthy and that this kind of inquisition will cost them much more in loyalty than the money they lost in a bottle of soy sauce here, a pair of gloves there. He’s just about quaking in his boots as he suggests that they all work a little harder to make up for the loss, and solve the problem that way.

But Sun-woo just smiles knowingly: “It’s you, isn’t it?” Min-soo denies it but can’t look Sun-woo in the eye, and that just confirms it for Sun-woo. So Min-soo comes clean (at least about the caviar), admitting that he brought a girl here and cooked something up to impress her, and had intended to replace the ingredients. He swears that he didn’t steal the other things, which of course is unconvincing in these circumstances, and Soon-ae tries to break into the conversation carefully.

But the argument escalates, with Sun-woo calling Min-soo a thug, and Min-soo getting defensive, and suddenly other grievances start pouring out. Like how the chef favors everyone else, how he’s hard to work for, and how Min-soo sucked it up for the sake of teamwork and how he feels crazy for sticking it through when he’s not even appreciated. It ends with Min-soo saying he has other places who’d love him, and Sun-woo yelling at him to go then.

Min-soo flings off his apron and storms out, saying, “Be healthy, and Chef, for the love of god develop some humility.”

This has gone farther than anybody meant it to go, but Sun-woo’s not about to chase after Min-soo. Soon-ae chases him down to try to placate his temper and offers to go after Min-soo, but he warns her not to dare.

Soon-ae’s medium unni goes to another medium looking for Soon-ae, but gets nothing useful since that lady’s a quack. On her way out, though, she runs into Sun-woo’s mother, who tries to hide rather than get caught for two-timing her shamans.

Over lunch, the medium unni tells her it’s okay, since she’s the best anyway. Mom’s surprised to hear that she’d be looking for anyone when she’s supposed to be able to see things, but medium unni whispers that she’s looking for a ghost.

Despite the hard stance, Sun-woo feels bad about Min-soo quitting and talks it out with the dog he swore he wouldn’t keep feeding. He says defensively that the kitchen will hardly fall apart without one sous chef, but back inside for dinner service, things are a mess without someone keeping on top of all the orders. Customers get impatient waiting for dishes, and things take longer now that they have to make up for Min-soo’s tasks.

Sun-woo calls a friend to ask for any sous chef possibilities, and is surprised to hear that his reputation for being difficult will probably keep them away. Just then, Kyung-mo arrives wearing a dark face, asking if Bong-sun works here. He leaves a box for her with the message that she can keep her pity to herself, and if she’s angling for money, they’re broke.

Sun-woo looks through the box and yanks Soon-ae aside, asking for an explanation. Hearing her string of curses (directed at her brother), Sun-woo looks at her in bewilderment, asking what’s wrong with her these days, and what her relationship is to that family. Soon-ae starts explaining about how sad the restaurant is, and how the daughter died and the son is useless and she wanted to help.

Sun-woo is incredulous at the sideways logic and asks what she’s going to do about Min-soo, and she points out that he was the one who lost his temper and wouldn’t let her go after him. Through gritted teeth, Sun-woo says they’ll keep this between them, and he’ll take care of Min-soo.

Min-soo is having a rough time of it himself, having picked up work at the family car wash, where he gets screamed at by his brother/father/uncle and called an idiot. The passenger window rolls open, and he gapes to see Sun-woo sitting there, asking if he left the restaurant for this kind of abuse. Aw, neither is very good at this whole reconciliation thing but it makes it extra heartwarming when Sun-woo gruffly orders Min-soo in, and to leave the filthy rags out of his knife-wielding hands.

Min-soo flings the rags away, gets in the car, and curls up to Sun-woo’s chest promising to do better. Aw, you boys.

Sun-woo brings Min-soo back to the restaurant, where he announces to the staff that they’ll just forget today ever happened. They’ll put aside today’s events and move on, and he offers to take them all out for dinner afterward, saying he hasn’t been as attentive to them as he should have been.

They’re heading out the door when Sun-woo’s mother barrels in with the medium unni, drunkenly slurring about how the medium came to see Sun-woo in person. Soon-ae sees Unni first and ducks behind the boys, shuffling out carefully. But Mom calls her out, asking for some water, and Soon-ae holds her breath hoping not to be spotted.

Unni looks around the restaurant and finds it full of oddly mixed energies. One look at Sun-woo’s face and she’s certain that he’s a strong ghost magnet, which Sun-woo dismisses out of hand. He heads out, and Unni tells Mom to let him go; if he doesn’t believe, then talismans and spells won’t do anything for him. Soon-ae jumps every time the medium speaks to her, but to her relief, she doesn’t cotton on to anything strange.

The mood is lively as the staff drinks together that night, and when Min-soo asks for a loveshot with the chef, the others cheer them on until they drink from a full-on bro-hug. Min-soo even feeds Sun-woo and links arms, saying he’s so grateful that the chef extended the olive branch first… but really, honestly, he didn’t steal the other supplies. Sun-woo reminds him that they agreed not to speak of any of that anymore, and Soon-ae hurriedly raises a toast to change the subject.

A bit later, Soon-ae makes her way down the stairs and sort of lets herself fall into Sun-woo’s arms—he assumes she’s super drunk, especially when she leans into his chest and sighs how nice this is. Poking a finger into his chest, she gets super flirty and affectionate as while chirping at him “Chef! Chef! Chef!” as he backs himself into a corner.

But then he receives a phone call that has him suddenly worried, and he pushes Soon-ae aside to hurry off. He cabs it out to meet his PD friend So-hyung, who’s pulled over at the side of the road, badly shaken after swerving to avoid a cat.

The party continues amongst the assistant chefs, who by now are totally drunk and still drinking. Min-soo speechifies about how he couldn’t leave his kids and how he’ll die here with them, and Joon adds that Bong-sun really pushed for the chef to reinstate Min-soo. That warms his heart so much he calls her awesome and insists she call him oppa, and she’s only too happy to comply.

The five of them stagger out of the restaurant with their arms slung around each other’s shoulders, and Soon-ae cajoles, “I wanna go to Oppa’s house!” Ha, by now they’re all her oppas, and they each take turns saying why they can’t take her home. When Joon wants to disentangle from the group huddle, they slur at him that they’re all family now.

Eventually they head their own ways, and Soon-ae comes up to her father’s restaurant just as he’s closing up. She sighs that it was nice going out with people, eating and drinking together, and has bought Dad some soju so they can have a drink together. She adds that it was disappointing when he sent her gifts back, and he says that his son tends to be wary of people.

Dad asks for a raincheck on the drinks, though, since he’s heading out to eat with his son. Soon-ae angles for an invitation along, but Dad asks kindly for her to stop bringing gifts, because they feel burdensome. But she’s welcome to eat anytime she likes.

Soon-ae heads home in disappointment, sighing that it makes sense since Dad doesn’t know who she is. She perks up to see Sung-jae at the police station, but is surprised to recognize Eun-hee next to him in her wheelchair. She hadn’t realized Sung-jae had gotten married, and is crushed to hear him call Eun-hee wife.

So-hyung apologizes for calling Sun-woo out of his dinner, and explains that she’s sensitive about animals—she doesn’t even like receiving flowers or plants, “because I don’t like things coming to me and dying.” Must be lingering trauma from their dead friend.

They part ways as she heads in, and So-hyung notes that he’s cold for not even turning back to see her. But as she heads up to her apartment, Sun-woo does turn back, waiting till her light flickers on.

In a flashback, we see them in their university days, when he’d watched her nodding off in the library from a distance. But when he’d went to buy them drinks, he’d been disappointed to see that she’d already gone. Later, his friend had asked for his help preparing an event for his girl… and Sun-woo had looked crushed when So-hyung had walked in.

“That’s when I realized,” Sun-woo narrates, “that love isn’t sad because people miss each other, but because they miss their time.”

So now, Sun-woo heads off alone, walking in the rain.

So does Soon-ae, who catalogues her situation neatly: “Officer Choi is married. The wife is Eun-hee, I’m dead, and this body isn’t mine.” She sighs that this is all reasonable stuff, that life moves on for those who don’t die. She looks at her reflection in a window and thinks, “Yes, I’d confused myself for a moment. I’m not Na Bong-sun, but I’m not Shin Soon-ae either. I’m just a ghost. Just a maiden ghost with lots of regrets mooching off the body she’s possessed.”

When Soon-ae arrives at her gosiwon, she finds her bags packed for her and out in the hallway. Her room already has a new tenant, and now she finds herself out in the park with no money, credit cards, or place to go.

Bong-sun’s grandmother calls to check on her, worried that Bong-sun’s sending her all of her money every month. Grandma tells her to eat well and remember to burn her incense, and Soon-ae guesses that Bong-sun must’ve been quite devoted to her. She pokes around Bong-sun’s things and finds a cosmetic bag filled with sample sizes of things, and it makes her think of how she’d done the same, using samples and scrimping.

Soon-ae sighs, probably to the both of them, “There’s no reason to live like this. We’re born once and die once—we should use what we want and do what we want! We should date, two-time, and three-time! We don’t know that if you save it up, it just turns to poop.”

With nowhere else to go, Soon-ae takes her bags to the restaurant, machete and all, and quietly slips inside. She heads up the stairs and looks through the window—Sun-woo has just stepped out of the shower and is walking around topless. She enjoys the view for a moment, then slips back downstairs… where she’s startled by a ghost.

She suggests that the ghost find another place to stay, and when the ghost growls at her, she concedes that they can share the place. Soon-ae tries for the peaceful angle first, but when it seems the ghost is spoiling for a fight, she grabs the machete and supposes they’ll have to have it out.

She brandishes the blade and warns the ghost to beware, but then the ghost summons a burst of energy to force the blade away. It slams into some kitchenware, which falls over with a crash. The ghost poofs away, and upstairs, Sun-woo is reminded of the medium’s warning that this place is full of ghosts.

 
COMMENTS

Park Bo-young has always been wonderful, back to her sageuk child actress days, but I’m extra glad to get a full-length drama series out of her, especially since she does mostly films and lost a couple of years of work when she was embroiled in agency legal disputes. I love her in general but especially in this character, and it cracks me up to watch all her bubbly scenes with Jo Jung-seok, because if you watch him exclusively it’s so obvious that he’s on the brink of laughter at any moment. You can see he finds her adorable (who doesn’t?) and it almost feels like Park Bo-young is trying to get him to break character by being so funny.

This role really works for her because she’s got such a facility with the whole emotional spectrum, which is crucial here as she takes Soon-ae from one end to the other in the blink of an eye; one second she’s drooling over half-nekkid oppas, and the next she’s angry and wistful over the loss of her young life. I do actually want to see more of her playing Bong-sun, though, because while that’s the less interesting (or funny) performance, I want to get a chance to see things through her eyes. Soon-ae’s the wacky, entertaining character, but Bong-sun is our heroine too, and I hope the show remembers that.

It’s why I still have reservations about the story premise, because the longer we stick with Soon-ae in the driver’s seat and don’t get to see Bong-sun, the more concerned I am that there’s a fundamental flaw in the setup. While I’m open to the drama surprising me (and hope that it does), I can’t imagine that they won’t end with Bong-sun back in charge, soul and body united, while Soon-ae presumably finds a way to move on. So we really do need a way to connect to Bong-sun directly, and not just through secondhand experiences, especially if the romance is to work out.

We’re still so early in the show that I’m not raising the alarm bells yet; it’s just a concern that hasn’t been put to rest yet. I was encouraged and touched when Soon-ae got angry at both Bong-sun and herself for not living her life fully, and I hope that signals deeper connection between them. I want something more than “their frequencies are identical” to explain the bond, and if Soon-ae can find meaning in both of their lives, that’ll be a uniting purpose.

I did like where we ended this episode, because I’m itching for Sun-woo to have more of an involvement in the ghostly storyline rather than remaining oblivious the whole time. It’s funny how entertaining a drama can be despite a lack of plot development, because I was surprised when I thought back to consider how much we’d moved forward and found we hadn’t, really—Soon-ae found out a few things about her life, but not much more. I can’t say I minded because I loved it all, especially the unexpected bromance between the chef and his sous and the restaurant family bonding, but I also wouldn’t mind pulling our story out of the past and pushing ahead to live in the present moment.

It’ll be interesting to see how Sun-woo’s relationship with ghosts figures into things, and what that matters to the bigger story. It provides another point of connection for him and Bong-sun, though the key difference is that Bong-sun is sensitive to their presence and acknowledges their existence, while Sun-woo is (fortunately) immune because he doesn’t believe. For now, at least; perhaps the medium’s certainty will shake something loose. In the meantime, I hope Soon-ae continues to jostle the composure out of him, because she throws him so off-kilter, and an off-kilter ego king is all sorts of comedy.

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You know he's married, right?
As far as ghosts, you haven't met my long-gone grandma. Lots of laughs! :-)

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Thanks so much for the speedy recap! I'm loving this drama so much <3

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I like this drama so far...but am also concerned about getting too attached to Soon Ae over Bong Sun because at the end of the day - she is in Bong Sun's body.

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me too... It is actually Soon Ae who is interacting with the chef not Bong Sun

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All true, and the problem with this is that I'm already rooting for Soon Ae and the chef, or at least I'm interested in them.

Let's hope they can balance the switches between the two girls deftly.

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I know...I like soon ae and all but I want bong sun to get some character development and end up with chef hehe

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Yes add me to the worry mix! I kept thinking throughout the episodes when is Bong Sun going to come back, because didn't they mention that she doesn't remember anything that happens when she is occupied by the ghost?

The next preview doesn't seem to show any steps that she is going to come back either...

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Could it be that the chef and Bong Sun are not meant to end up together? Maybe Bong Sun has to find her way to self-esteem and success with cooking, while the chef has to find a way to seduce the girl he likes :D
So far I am not disappointed with the story, on the contrary, I hope for some original development, but we will see how it goes...

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Thank you JB :). I'm officially in love with this drama. Park Bo-young is actually sweet and shy in real life (judging from her interviews etc) but the way she flirts with the male characters on screen just amazes me at how good she is at acting.
I'm totally here for her in the first place but end up loving the rest of the cast too.

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+1
I knew she'd be funny from Speedy Scandal.

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One of my favorite :). Three generations of adorableness. Cha Tae-hyun, Pak Bo-young and Wang Seok-Hyeon.

Every time I hear "Walking on sunshine" I remember this movie.

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Although I am enjoying the drama, I wish we could go back to the real Bong Sun because well she needs to live! I hope Soon Ae teachers her, but I wish we could have more of a back and forth soon otherwise I might actually consider droping it. The living should live and the dead should rest.

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Ooh man, I'm super enjoying this drama!! Totally noticed Jo Jung seok just barely keeping it together before he NGs too ahaha! Can't wait until tomorrow's episode airs!!

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I think I noticed it most when PBY was like accosting him LOL. I'd love to see the outtakes/bloopers of this show.

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ADORABLE ^^ will watch drama after ep4

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I can't be happy with this show unless they bring both ladies back!

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I love, love, LOVE that it's totally noticeable that Jo Jung-seok wants to break into laughter in every scene with Park Bo-young! Hahaha. She is just that great! I still can't believe we have her in a full-length drama. YES YES YES! Man, she is really into supernatural projects. Really REALLY. Well, there ya have it, writers, SUPERNATURAL. That's how you lure Park Bo-young into one of your projects. Ha. Anyways, *end Park Bo-young fangirl spaz.*

As for the story... please, writers, you gotta bring Bong-sun into this thing sooooon. I love everything so far, but I want the romance to work, so I need some Bong-sun Sun-woo interactions. Please figure out the ghosty possession soon if they're not gonna bring Soon-ae out quite yet, Sun-woo.

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Park Bo Young is absolutely killing it with this role...she's like a master at the craft and so young too...gah....girl crushing right now!

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I was interested in this drama after the first episode recap, but I am steadily losing interest due to the absence of Bong-sun. She was the character whose journey I was emotionally invested in, so if she doesn't come back for good in the next episode, I probably won't be watching this. It might still be a good drama with Soon-ae as the main character, but it's not the drama I wanted to watch.

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I love Park Bo Young so much gahh! She's so adorable and can take such a whacky character and make her feel grounded. I, like everyone else it seems, am worried with the lack of Bong Sun at this point. It's still early in the game, but since the interactions with Bong Sun's body and Sun Woo are what's changing their dynamic slowly, I want to make sure it's Bong Sun in charge of the relationship drive rather than just being a vessel for it. Goodness knows we don't need another Big-type of disappointment.

I have watched quite a few dramas with Kim Seul Gi in it, and while she can sometimes veer a little too into the crazy for me, today's episode made me realize that she has a way of injecting incredible emotion into her scenes. All the flashbacks with her and the family made me tear up instantly, and I am really enjoying her back story.

This drama is one of my favorites as of now (though it's not easy to take that spot considering the level of drama quality we have nowadays), and I hope it can continue at this level!

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it's not that hard***

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Ms. Park Bo-young has a serious actoral range, it is really a banquet for us to have her in a drama.

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Thanks for the recap! Loving this drama more and more!
and JJS = shirtless! That's a rare sight! *loved*

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Thank you for the quick recap!

Maybe I'm too new to Kdrama, but I am just really enjoying this so much right now and trusting that wherever the writers take this story, it will be good. Looking forward to tomorrow's episode!

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She gives a whole nother meaning to stealing from work. I felt so bad when Dad rejected Soon Ae's inviting herself to dinner. If only they knew.

I hope this incident changes Min Soo because I want bromance between all four chefs. I know he's normally an ass, but it was sad to see their disappointed reactions at him coming back. Still, I cracked up at "He's like a zombie that keeps coming back even though you keep killing him." I squealed at Sun Woo and Min Soo's love shot.

Thanks for the recap, javabeans!

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I thought that scene was so heartbreaking too! He's so kind but clearly treats her like a stranger. Even though most things really roll off Soon Ae, and she tried to shrug this off too, it's clear that it like hurt her.

It's also kinda lovely though how they show everyone moving on. Even shows that show sadness well can't always show what comes after as poignantly, but I love how this show handled it.

And also cracked up at that zombie line LOL.

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Love love love this drama to bits... PBY! KSG Fighting!!! !♥♥♥

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Thanks for this recap! This episode was so sweet and touching and so funny! Hehehe

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@Javabeans

Just a small minor detail I wanted to point out just in case you may have missed it (or maybe I'm wrong since I only watched this with subs)... But the scene where she talks to her grandma there was an obvious pause when her grandma picked up that Bongsun sounds very different. Her grandma asked why she suddenly started speaking for formally then she replies with something along the lines of "it's because I want to grow up". There was a pause there...I think her grandma suspects something about Bongsun. Like she may have been possessed. Do you think that's the case? Perhaps her grandma may be the one to bring Bongsun back.

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I think this pause may be important later on since you didn't mention it in the recap :)

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Sorry I forgot to day, thanks for writing this recaprecap! I really love this episode!! ? :D

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Ditto. I thought the same thing as well. Grandma knows. Not sure if it was mentioned, but if it wasn't, I'm sure Grandma has got to be a mudang, herself. And I believe, it's usually passed down.

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I thought about that, too. Her gradma might have sensed that she's possessed or something. Her grandma is a shaman right?

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Yep, I thought too – grandma noticed something.

And since grandma is a spirit lady, it wouldn't surprise me at all (esp. because she might well know that Bong-sun is more vulnerable to being possessed).

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I noticed it, too! I am hoping grandma shows up and somehow manages to separate them, either separate entities (can see and talk to each other and help each other out) or split personality style (can still here each others voices). That would be a great way for us to bond with both, and allow closure for both, as well.

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absolute delight to watch...both park bo young and kim seul gi are brilliant. i loved the missed timing part sooooo much!!!

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"believe that she’s really been possessed." Agree! Park Bo Young is really good. Cant wait for tomorrow!!!

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Thanks for the recap.

I so agree with the sentiments below.

"I do actually want to see more of her playing Bong-sun, though, because while that’s the less interesting (or funny) performance, I want to get a chance to see things through her eyes. Soon-ae’s the wacky, entertaining character, but Bong-sun is our heroine too, and I hope the show remembers that."

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i mean, yes, soon-ae is funnier to watch. but i still feel very sympathetic to bong-sun's character and i'm a bit worried how it'll all play out. it'll be such a waste if they didn't play on the fact that she can see ghosts and has perfect frequency with soon-ae, and instead only reveal stuff about her life from soon-ae's perspective...i'm worried that this is how it'll be for the rest of the drama, with soon-ae fixing both her and bong-sun's life without bong-sun ever once emerging, then leaving her body once she finds peace, and bong-sun's life also improved because of the changes that've been enacted. yeah, sun-woo liked her blog (that he didn't know she wrote) and related to her, but it seems like he's going to be charmed by soon-ae's personality, which is a huge problem. i want her to come out of her body sometimes, and for them to have actual conversations together and become friends.
but every episode has been hugely entertaining so far, so i'm definitely gonna stay watching.

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I second everything you've said. I feel sympathy for Bong-sun's character too, and I think her character has a lot of potential to be interesting too, except they've (for the time being) given up on showing her. I definitely want to see her grow into herself more and I will not be okay of the whole story is just Soon-ae fixing all Bong-sun's problems for her. And really, really not okay if Sun-woo falls for Soon-ae then ends up with Bong-sun... or ends up alone once Soon-ae leaves Bong-sun's body?? Those are both horrible outcomes. For a romcom at least... this is a romcom, right???

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Yeah. That's my only problem with this drama. I want Soon-Ae evicted out of Bong Sun's body ASAP.

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This is officially my favorite show of the summer! Too funny.

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My concern about the missing Bong-sun is so great, I think I have to put a hiatus on watching the show until that question is answered. I feel so stressed about it, I can't even enjoy the show or the humor. Love Park Bo Young in this role, but I've just been burned soooo badly by these body/personality-switch dramas before, I cannot bear to sit through another one that is just going to emotionally screw me again. I know it's just a show and I shouldn't let it affect me that much, but I yam what I yam ;) And what I yam is very emotionally invested in the stories I consume.

Thank goodness for recaps!! I'll keep checking to see what direction the story swings in and start watching again if it goes well =)

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<<<because the longer we stick with Soon-ae in the driver’s seat and don’t get to see Bong-sun, the more concerned I am that there’s a fundamental flaw in the setup

I agree with everyone concerned about Soon-ae overtaking the drama and Bong-sun being out of the picture for too long. I'm a little surprised that everyone seems to have already adjusted to the radically altered Bong-sun. Sun-woo did question it again for a moment and Sung-jae does say "I thought you were shy", but... Bong-sun did a 180 degree turn !

At the moment, it almost feels like the original Bong-sun has been forgotten.

Wasn't too fond of Sun-woo's TV friend calling him for the car. Obviously she sort of likes him, and he kind of likes her (or used to)... but not sure why k-dramas can't do without 'love rivals' or 'past loves'. I do imagine she won't play a major role, but it feels like an unnecessary love entanglement in a story that doesn't per se need it.

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i think in episode 2, when soon-ae was going home with joon, he was asking her about her change in personality and assuming that she changed because of how she was treated. since sun-woo was all, you should think about your attitude and whether this is the right career path for you, i think they're just assuming that she decided to reveal her true personality and make a better effort. or that she just snapped because of how she was walked all over before. but yeah, it's a bit sad how it's like bong-sun never existed before and it is still a bit weird how they've accepted it so quickly, even if it is very possible for a person to act one way in private and have a completely different public face.

i'm guilty of liking complicated love trianges/shapes and all the ensuing petty jealousy, sometimes heartwrenching angst haha

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I thought the opening for this episode was so sad. I keep forgetting that we are dealing with a girl who's life was cut short by some yet unrevealed tragedy and her loss was so devastating to the ones she left behind.

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I think the brother did it. Accidently....

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hmm...
why soon ae have such interesting personality..
damn now i'm getting attached to soon ae character...
i hope we see more bout bongsun soon...

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@Christina
LOL! I guess if Soon Ae was alive, we'd root more for Soon Ae than Bong Sun, to tell you the truth. I guess what I want is for Bong Sun to not be unchanged by Soon Ae's possession of her body but to learn from her, keep the memories and continue where Soon Ae left off. Then I'll be super happy to have a Bong Sun with some Soon Ae personality interacting with our hot Chef. :)

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This is so much fun to watch.. Great acting by Park Bo Young. I don't understand So Hyung relationship with the chef? What happen to her university boyfriend? Hasn't that ship left the dock a long time ago? Sun Woo would have gotten together with her by now....
I hope Bong Sun comes back soon because Soon Ae is just a ghost even though she is possessing Bong. I'm rooting for the real Bong!

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@Suzi Q

I'm guessing that the 'dead friend' that Chef and So Hyung went to visit is the one who wanted to marry her. We do not know if they did get married and how he died, but anyway, after the missed timing, Sun Woo does not seem to be making any moves to get together with So Hyung. Maybe Sun Woo has a bit of guilt over something or some misplaced loyalty to a dead friend?

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Her acting was soo good , acting as cute girl and bubbly just came naturally , some actress are trying so hard but Park Boo Yang I am impressed . I haven't seen her in dramas because she always do movies .

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I LOVED this episode.

Loved it.

Loved it so much.

Then it got scary and I sorta freaked out. I dont believe in ghosts and possession, but if a scary 8-ball hemorrage eyeball rotting greenish brackish ahjumma ghost with unkept long stringy hair came into my house at midnight, and started floating around the first floor, I would FREAK out.

Thank goodness that Soon Ae / Bong Sun had that guandao (偃月刀) moon crescent sword handy. I'd be smashing everything with that sword to get it away. I HATE scary ghosts.

If Soon Ae is a gorgeous pretty ghost with auburn hair, then why does the ahjumma / halmuni ghost have to be rotting green with 8-balls for eyeballs?

I shoulda known there would be scary ghosts. Kdramas can't leave well enough alone and always gotta throw in the floaty rotting arm extended ghost in somewhere.

There shoulda been a warning.

Thank you JB for a wonderful recap!

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It was explained before that if a ghost doesn't get over a lingering grudge after 3 yrs, turns into a malevolent ghost/evil spirit.

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Liked the 1st ep (very nicely done intro w/ JJS's acting standing out) and this one (here, PBY's acting really stood out) better than the ep 2 (which had some story-line issues).

Never seen PBY act before, but she certainly has shown that she has acting chops.

Don't think PBY totally convincingly channels KSG's Soon-ae (it would be the near impossible to ask of her to mimic KSG's mannerisms on the dot), but nonetheless, am really enjoying her acting.

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Thanks JB!

I find this show, equal parts poignant and funny.

LOL Kyung Mo's statement that women are scarier than ghosts... what then if both a real woman and a real ghost are combined in one Heheheh!

I'm conjecturing 3 possible ways that Soon Ae could get out of Bong Sun.... 1) the ghost catcher manages to find a really good shaman to evict Soon Ae... 2) Bong Sun's grandma who is a shaman of some kind too, comes into the picture and finds a way to do the same ... 3) Soon Ae finally experiences for the long-term, the kind of joy that she did in this episode so that nothing holds her back from crossing over.

It's likely that in scenario 3), Soon Ae experiences 'love' with Sun Woo and so is able to leave Bong Sun... then we can have the whole bag of fun with Sun Woo being confused because the true Bong Sun is again more or less back to the way she was in Ep 1 and not at all like the girl he was wowed by. But I'd like to think that while Soon Ae cannot know what Bong Sun is like, Bong Sun will be able to remember what Soon Ae did while in her body. Otherwise it's going to be back to square 1 and just too frustrating!!!

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I really like that in this Episode we are brought to a new turning point for Soon Ae/Bong Sun, through being over and again being turned away/evicted... the way she should have vacated Bong Sun's body but could not.

- She gains a whole bunch of cute Oppas who do not want to let her into their homes.
- She remembers her past life and family but is not accepted by them
- Bong Sun loses her room and has no money to rent another place
- Soon Ae realizes that her crush, Sung Jae is married to none other than Eun Hee
- Another ghost wants to evict her
- She realizes that she is dead and is in a body that is not her own

What a crushing time it is for poor Soon Ae... walking in the pouring rain, no less. In so many ways, poignant and saddening. I trust that her usually high spirits will not be down for long.

What So Hyung said about not wanting flowers or pets or things that would die because they came to her, is like her rejection of the living before they die, so that she would not have to deal with their death or feel responsible or because she may have a sense of guilt... but even though she's already dead, poor Soon Ae is still facing rejection. I feel for her! :( :)

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i remember in one of the teasers, sun-woo is trying to kiss bong-sun, who shyly refuses and is later distracted by the sight of soon-ae molesting sun-woo....i wonder if soon-ae will fall in love with sun-woo too? that would be an emotional mess tbh and could quickly escalate into weird melo territory, so hopefully not. rather, i hope that sun-woo will fall for bong-sun as she is, and soon-ae will help her- whether by rediscovering her true personality (possibly close to that of soon-ae's?? before she became crippled with fear, insomnia due to her supernatural abilities), or by helping her grow as a person. while of course resolving her own regrets, too.

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Yep, definitely waiting out on this one, even though it sounds great. I so do NOT want to watch another 49 days, expecting things to happen the whole drama only to meet disappointment in the end :(

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you know, I thought the character had a weak spot for Bongsun, but once you mention it's JJS that is on the brick of breaking character, I realized this can actually be the case xD Still, they're so adorable together, and those moments only make me ship them more.

I do agree on the fact that we dont get to know BS more, but so far I am so on board with the drama, I am willing to trust it and just enjoy the wonderful ride.

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OH MY GHOST! This drama is freaking good! Icant wait the sub for ep 4 >< park boyoung is goddes!

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I want to see both girls in one scene. Like maybe Soon ae as a ghost will see how Bong sun live her life ir something.

I am also concerned about how long Soon ae will possess Bong sun, since it's her body, and life afterall. It actually bugs me to death that the possession happened this fast. I hope we got a proper resolution for this matter.

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yay thanks jb for the recap. i'm so invested in this drama. i loved that soon ae basically knows everything abt her past except her death plus we got a glimpse of sun woo's past lovelife. and how i loved the improving relationship of the chefs.

*crossing my fingers it wont be a train wreck (looks at tvN) because it's just too awesome*

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My one single objection to this drama is that they ALWAYS have some worthless/useless sibling.

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thanks for the recap! I'm loving this drama so much, I literally stayed up till 2am last night to watch it as soon as it was out. I love Bo-young acting as Soon-ae (how can you not? It's too hilarious, I can watch her all day) but I can't wait to see how Bong-sun and Sun-woo's relationship develop.

*possible spoilers* I have this sinking feeling that Sung-jae was somehow involved in Soon-ae’s death but omg I really hope not, I really like how nice his character is so far and it'd just be too tragic if her unrequited love turned out to be the reason for Soon-ae’s death!!

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Omg next episode is so good!!! Hahaha... That's all I can say for now since I don't wanna spoil ;)

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Thanks for the recap!
Incidentally, the weapon Bong Sun owns is not a machete, but more of a polearm or two-handed spear weapon like a halberd. If I'm not mistaken it's probably a modern take on a Japanese Naginata. This is the first show I've ever seen to feature one, which I find almost as entertaining as Park Bo Young's performance.

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Oops apparently it's a chinese weapon called a guan dao, LOL. Oh well. Apparently the great Chinese hero Guan Yu from Red Cliffs fame wielded a weapon like this.

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My heart bleeds for Soon Ae. I hope better things await her in the end.

Funny thing is, Bong Sun is the one that is actually alive, but dont actually live. Seeing ghost is one thing, but if she decides to be strong like Soon Ae and her shaman grandma, perhaps she would take different turn in her life, and beat the crap out of the ghosts that are haunting her life.

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I believe this is a WolDo or GuanDo. Good eye though. Closest European equivalent would be a glaive. You'll see this weapon if you watch Korean historical dramas.

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Man I love this drama but like everyone I wish the director of this drama gave some reassurance to viewers about what happens to Bong Sun/ Soon Ae switch.

Actually I thought in today's episode, maybe the rain could be that escape point. So I legit thought Bong Sun will return as she was walking in the rain. (Maybe Soon Ae was killed when it was raining ). That would have been a nice dynamic for their switches and it would have reassured us.

ANYWAY I have trust in the crew, so I hope they have a solution for this.

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Hmmmm rain??? Secret Garden meta swirling in the air!!! :D

This time the 'appearance' of Soon Ae was when she was giddy with happiness.... that emotional high may have something to do with how she can get out of Bong Sun.

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Park Bo Young cuteness is unrivalled. I'm dying of cuteness overload lol

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