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Oh My Ghostess: Episode 5

Bong-sun’s back! It’s great to have our heroine back in her body, even if her brain is still a few weeks behind and struggling to make sense of all the crazy she’s now in the middle of. But even with her soul back behind the wheel, that doesn’t mean an end to her problems, especially since the truth can hardly be called upon to explain anything to the confused folks wondering at her sudden change. And with a ghost as persistent as Soon-ae dangling around, we can’t expect one simple eviction to be the end of this possession story, though it would be if Bong-sun had her way.

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EPISODE 5 RECAP

Sun-woo finds Bong-sun collapsed in the restaurant late, burning with fever, and calls an ambulance. Something about her condition has ejected ghost Soon-ae from the body, but she doesn’t know why any more than we do.

Bong-sun’s condition is mostly fever and shock, and the doctor says it’s not serious. At least not physically; emotionally, it packs much more of a punch when Bong-sun wakes up in bed and gasps in fear at the craggy-faced ghost in the bed next to her, then again to see Sun-woo at her bedside.

He chides her for letting herself get so sick without saying anything, then recalls that she did, feeling bad that he didn’t believe her—not that we can blame him, since Soon-ae tried every excuse to get in his pants. He advises her to rest up and steps aside to make room arrangements.

Bong-sun takes in her situation with mounting fear, especially when she sees today’s date—the last thing she remembers was weeks ago, after she quit her job. She leaves the hospital confused and grows more upset with each change she discovers—her gosiwon room is gone, and she looks unlike herself with the bright makeup. She calls her grandmother in tears, frightened at her inability to remember things that people say she did.

Grandma sighs that her intuition was right, based on the call she had with Soon-ae, and tells Bong-sun that she’d been possessed by a ghost.

Sun-woo heads back to the restaurant, where Soon-ae pelts him with questions… that he can’t hear, of course, which means they’re having two one-sided conversations. He’s worried about her disappearance but tells himself (not too convincingly) that it’s not his concern.

Sun-woo gets ready for bed while Soon-ae admires the view. Upside to being a ghost: Ogling free-for-all. Downside: No touchy. Soon-ae climbs in bed next to him, admiring his face up-close while he continues to grumble about Bong-sun’s whereabouts. Soon-ae leans in like she’s going to kiss him, but reminds herself that she has bigger worries: Namely, time’s ticking and she needs to get on with her mission to resolve her lingering grudge. Time to resume Operation: Get Laid!

She decides she needs to find another host, and thinks one will have a higher chance of success: cooking show PD So-hyung. Uh-oh. Let’s hope for everybody’s sake that this idea fails. She finds her at the broadcast station and winds up like a runner launching into a race—and bounces off So-hyang, repelled by her strong ki (energy).

That fits with what Grandma tells Bong-sun, about how she has to take care of her body and avoid the spirit trying to take over—and if avoidance fails, she is to look the ghost straight in the eye and insist, “I am not a weak person!”

She stays out all night mulling this over, and Officer Sung-jae stops to say hi. He takes her to the station and offers her coffee, and when she thanks him politely, he reminds her that they’re ramyun buddies now. She lies that she remembers, which he doesn’t seem to believe, and he asks if there’s anything he can help her with. At her reticence, he says she doesn’t have to explain, but offers himself to listen whenever she wants to talk.

Sung-jae insists on driving her back to the restaurant, where he explains to Sun-woo how he ran into Bong-sun this morning. Sun-woo’s alarmed at the idea that she roamed the streets all night, but keeps it to himself as he sends Sung-jae off. And why is it that every time Sung-jae’s warm, friendly smile fades, my heart drops into my stomach? I know he hasn’t done anything suspicious… yet…

Bong-sun looks around nervously as she enters the restaurant, mindful of Grandma’s warnings that a ghost who’s successfully possessed once will try to possess again. Sun-woo tries to get an explanation out of her, but she’s back to her stammering ways and just blurts, “I’m sorry!” several times before hurrying off. He’s gotten so used to her bold persona that he’s actually surprised to hear her reverting to her old ways.

Sung-jae wears a stone face as he watches an old grandma collecting cardboard in the streets. Then he drives by, purposely clipping her cart with his car. It doesn’t cause much harm, but what’s with the random act of assiness, Suspiciously Friendly Officer?

Bong-sun finds her belongings in her locker, then stiffens when the assistant chefs arrive for work and greet her closely, reminding her that she loves skinship. She excuses herself and darts away, and Joon in particular notices the oddity.

Sun-woo gathers the crew before they begin work for the day, explaining that they have a lot of important reservations on the books today. As they discuss dishes, Bong-sun nods off and has to be roused and stumbles over her feet. The assistants are reminded of “Flinching Bong” of the old days: “And just when I was getting attached to Over-the-Top Bong!”

As Bong-sun goes about her tasks, she takes Granny’s advice to ignore the ghosts wholesale. So when Soon-ae bounces around her asking questions, she pretends not to see anything and tries to drown out Soon-ae’s chirping. Of course, that still looks strange to the staff, since she runs from room to room shooing away invisible things.

During the lunch rush, Sun-woo sends Bong-sun to the storeroom to get more torches, and she determinedly avoids acknowledging Soon-ae’s attempts to engage in conversation. But it doesn’t look like Soon-ae’s going to give up, so she takes Granny’s second bit of advice, which is to look the ghost in the eye and firmly assert herself.

Bong-sun does, but she stammers on the words “I’m not a pushover” and Soon-ae chatters excitedly, asking for one more possession as a favor. Bong-sun fires the torch and keeps Soon-ae at arm’s length, warning her to stay away and treat her as weak. Only, one false step sends her whirling, and the torch makes contact with a shelf of supplies. Whoosh! Flames erupt.

The kitchen enjoys a lull while diners eat their lunch, and with all the stoves off, the assistant chefs wonder at the smoky smell. Realizing that a fire has broken out, they usher out the customers and hurry down to the storeroom to put it out.

Soon-ae’s brother Kyung-mo sees the fire trucks going by and is disappointed that the fire isn’t actually bigger (for viewing entertainment), while Dad clucks at him to grow up soon. Dad is tempted to finish off a half-drunk bottle of soju left by a customer, but recalls Soon-ae (as Bong-sun) telling him not to drink alone anymore, offering herself as soju buddy. Dad sets the bottle down and wonders why she hasn’t been by lately.

The restaurant staff takes stock of the damage, and sous chef Min-soo angrily berates her for being responsible. Sun-woo’s upset too, but he gives her a chance to explain—though she has nothing to say that would make any sense and just repeats the familiar “I’m sorry” refrain. She does look up to glare at Soon-ae, a look that Sun-woo clocks with curiosity and follows up with a call to a doctor.

Bong-sun trembles with fear and agitation as Soon-ae approaches, telling her she didn’t have to go at her with fire. Bong-sun tells Soon-ae to leave her alone because she’s afraid of her and doesn’t want to deal with her, angry and scared in equal measure.

Soon-ae heads off sighing that it’s not like she wants these things to happen, and cheers up to see her father.

Sun-woo’s mother hears about the fire from sister Eun-hee, and thinks that all the charms and rites she asked her shaman to perform worked—at least the fire was small, right? Shaman unni isn’t an outright quack but she’s not above fishing for money from an eager customer and suggests that perhaps they could make some spiritual appeals to help Eun-hee get pregnant.

Sun-woo pulls Bong-sun aside and takes her somewhere, explaining that he knows she’s not fully well and that she can consider this a medical exam. (And takes credit for being such an awesome boss who looks after his employees so thoughtfully.)

Dr. Hong turns out to be a psychiatrist, and he hooks Bong-sun up to a machine for readings, though his uncontrollable facial twitching has them concerned. Then Bong-sun sees the grandma ghost clinging to the doctor, causing the muscle spasms, though nobody else is aware.

Dr. Hong interprets Bong-sun’s behavior as bipolar disorder—bold, talkative, sexually curious during the manic stages, then the complete opposite in the depressive state. The doctor adds that he saw signs of her seeing or hearing things, and asks if she’d undergone a big shock recently.

Sun-woo’s mind flashes to all the harsh words he’s had for Bong-sun recently, and now he sees them through the lens of being her depression triggers. The doctor prescribes medication and advises Sun-woo not to leave her to be alone, in case her mood swings and results in extreme outbursts.

The staff prepares to head out, and Min-soo is still yammering on about the day’s events, making pointed comments at Bong-sun for causing trouble. At least he clams up when Sun-woo drops by, dismissing the staff, and Joon hangs back to double-check on her. Bong-sun just apologizes again and he sighs to hear those words again, heading off.

Bong-sun starts calling around to find a new place to stay, and doesn’t have much luck. Sun-woo sends her a text to bring her things to the rooftop, clearing out a storage area for her to stay in until she finds a new place. He says he’s not doing it to be particularly nice, uncomfortable with her gratitude, and says that bipolar disorder is no big deal but she should take care.

Then he uncomfortably mentions “that accident” which he takes responsibility for, telling her not to take it too much to heart. I love that she has no idea what he’s referring to while he tries not to act awkward about it, and he blurts out all these contradictory things, like how she can borrow blankets from him, which are very expensive, but she shouldn’t worry about that.

At her father’s restaurant, Soon-ae reminisces about the old days, asking Dad if he remembers playing Go-Stop with her after they closed up shop, and how she knows he was on to her cheating but let her do it anyway. She perks up when she sees Dad reading a wedding invitation, sent to Soon-ae by a friend. Dad’s near tears, calling the friend bad for not calling like she promised in the handwritten memo.

Dad reaches for the soju, and Soon-ae’s face grows ever longer as he goes through bottle after bottle. She instinctively reaches to steady him when he stumbles, but her arm goes through him.

Dad falls asleep hugging Soon-ae’s photo to his chest, in the room he refuses to change. Soon-ae lies down next to him and wraps her arms around him, and they sleep together.

Bong-sun sets up her cot and settles in with her incense, while down below, Sun-woo starts to make his nightly bowl of instant ramyun. It occurs to him that Bong-sun might be hungry (aw), and then he wonders whether ramyun would be bad for her health (double aww), and then reaches for her very own cabbage porridge recipe, uploaded by blogger “Sunshine.” Oh my god you are too cute.

He brings up the porridge to Bong-sun’s room, and plays it off like he was just trying to get rid of extra cabbage. He even uses her own words (well, Sunshine’s) to add that this dish is the best for consoling the heart and the body. Bong-sun is touched, and smiles as she eats his porridge.

She finds a new comment on her blog, written by Sun-woo under the handle “Noodle Love.” He calls himself her fan, and she types in a reply.

Sun-woo fidgets in his room wondering if Bong-sun is eating his dish, and he sits up to see that a new reply has come in on the blog. He grins widely to read her response: “Thank you… your replies always give me support. And I’m eating cabbage porridge right now…” Adorably, he considers it a telling coincidence that he just cooked the porridge, saying they’re on the same wavelength.

He plays music that reaches Bong-soon’s room, and she puts her ear to the wall to listen. They both sit there feeling content, listening to the strains of Nell’s “Good Night,” from their aptly titled album Healing Process. Something tells me that’s not a coincidence.

In the morning, Soon-ae wakes up as her brother is pestering Dad for money, protesting ineffectually for him not to hand it over. Dad gives in and forks over the cash, leaving Soon-ae vexed over spoiling Kid Bro while Dad worries about being able to pay their utilities.

But that triggers a memory of her stashing some cash in a notebook, marked with a flag. She hurries to her room and focuses her concentration on that book, trying to conjure enough energy to move something. But nothing.

Bong-sun and Sun-woo get up at the same time, causing a minor traffic jam up on the rooftop. He reminds her that today is shooting day, which she has to google to understand, and one look at the video of her possessed self on TV has her seizing up with fright. She’s frozen with nerves and tries to tell Sun-woo she can’t go through with it, and he just tells her to trust him.

Soon-ae’s father is still pretty hungover from his drinking binge, though he tries to go about his normal duties. He’s looking pretty bad as he makes a batch of kimchi, and when he reaches up to a high shelf for a container, he can’t quite reach and falls to the ground. It knocks him out cold.

Shaman unni makes her way to Sun-woo’s mother’s house, here to perform some rites in Eun-hee’s room to aid in the baby-making process. Seeing a photo of the couple, the shaman is struck with a peculiar sense—not only was Sung-jae’s fate strange (she’d read him as someone meant to be alone), she’s puzzled to see that “It’s the same person… but something is different.” Omg is he possessed. Oh nooooo.

Speaking of the devil, Sung-jae arrives at Dad’s restaurant and looks around for him. He sees his body lying prone on the ground, but curiously makes no move to do anything. When his partner arrives, Sung-jae pretends he hasn’t seen anything and suggests trying a different spot for lunch. And he takes one last look at Dad, his face hardening eerily.

Back to Chef vs. Chef, where Bong-sun fights of a panic attack during introductions, particularly when she’s mentioned as a fan favorite. Then today’s mission is unveiled, and has Sun-woo looking worried: It’s a tag-team challenge, swapping between the chef and his assistant. Bong-sun shakes her head at Sun-woo, and looks sick to her stomach as he takes the first leg of the challenge (to make a healthy snack out of canned salmon for hard-working students).

Soon-ae keeps trying to move her notebook, and after countless attempts, she finally manages to fling it open to reveal the money inside. Excitedly, she runs out to get her father, only to find him collapsed in the kitchen. She can’t rouse him, and she can’t touch a phone to call for help, either. Panicking, she heads out into the streets looking for someone to possess, but only gets flung aside by their strong ki.

Deciding she needs Bong-sun, she takes off at a run.

In the studio, the first tag is initiated and Sun-woo has to turn over his dish to Bong-sun. She hears her name being shouted and flinches, spilling flour in the process and making herself panic even more. She’s so flustered that PD So-hyang calls for a break just as Soon-ae dashes up to her side, begging for her help.

Bong-sun runs off apologizing, trying to ignore Soon-ae who tells her about her father’s condition and begs her to call an ambulance. Bong-sun wails at her to go away, but Soon-ae cries, “It’s my father! How can I just watch, even if I am just a ghost? Please, just make the call.”

Her desperation makes Bong-sun pause, just as a crew member calls for her. And while she’s distracted, Soon-ae spots her opening and makes a dash for the body.

 
COMMENTS

Ahh, I love it. Okay, the unauthorized possession thing is ethically questionable and I’m totally with Bong-sun in her desire to be left alone, though what’s great about these developments is that there’s a very reasonable, compelling conflict pulling us in opposite directions about the whole shebang. Because it wouldn’t be the worst thing for Bong-sun to be possessed right now in her moment of need, and for Soon-ae to get what she needed. I was hoping the whole time that Soon-ae would possess her and save the day. Isn’t that a win-win, even if one person doesn’t see it as a win?

But no, that’s the whole point about autonomy—we don’t get to decide for other people what’s “best for them” and ignore their desires in the moment, even if those desires are totally wrong or stupid or bound to fail. That ignores Bong-sun’s agency in all this, which is why this relationship requires a little more understanding and a lot of work. I half-expected Bong-sun to ask Soon-ae to possess her out of desperation and strike some kind of a deal, but I do think Bong-sun is made of sterner stuff than to hope for literal miracles to swoop in and clean up her messes for her. She may be terrified, but checking out and giving up control to someone else isn’t a solution for her.

It’s why I don’t see the resolution of this drama as a question of “getting rid of” the ghosts, but learning to live with them in a way that doesn’t paralyze her life. (Very Sixth Sense or Master’s Sun—but hey, it’s a resolution that makes sense and provides emotional catharsis.)

I think it’s a small step in the right direction that Soon-ae asked for permission, because at first she didn’t seem to give a whole lot of thought to her hosts. And she still has a ways to go, since she was all too willing to possess So-hyung and seduce Sun-woo that way, or to possess any random stranger to save her dad. No judgment from me for that, by the way; it’s just a point that I expect to mark her own growth, and I’m looking forward to seeing it.

I’m super-curious to know what Sung-jae’s deal is, and why he’s so alternately sweet and terrifying. We had whispers of possible nefariousness with him before, but in such fleeting glimpses that I almost wondered if I’d imagined it—the show has done the reveal very smartly, easing us in with the vague misgivings before giving it to us outright.

I’d wondered before if perhaps he might have had a hand in Soon-ae’s death (or maybe Eun-hee’s hit and run accident), but with the shaman honing in on his mixed-up destiny and same-but-not-same aura, I’m going with ghost possession. The question is: Is he rescuable? If he is possessed, does he still have time before that ghost turns malevolent, or takes him over completely?

I like this drama’s explanation about ki, where the stronger your sense of confidence or energy—it’s self-possession in the most literal reading of the word—the more impervious you are to being taken over. And if Sung-jae is as sweet as we’ve seen, that perhaps explains why he may have been prone, just as Bong-sun is.

Most of all, though, I’m glad that we have Bong-sun back in control, even if she may be shortly losing it again. I’m curious to see if, in this world, she’ll be able to exert any sort of control from within, now that she knows what is happening to her, and if she and Soon-ae will duke it out or come to a sort of agreement.

The fact that this will confuse Sun-woo is an added bonus, because how much do I love him? I love the character’s mix of confidence and insecurity (and am so grateful that the character is in Jo Jung-seok’s hands), where you can see so clearly the point where they join and sometimes clash. I love when he contradicts himself, like telling Bong-sun he doesn’t want her thanks when clearly he’s itching to be praised for being thoughtful, or when he hopes she won’t fall in love with him.

When I worried that Soon-ae was going to be in control the whole time I was unsure about the loveline, but with both girls taking turns twisting him up, I’m just want more, more, more. As far as he knows, the two Bong-suns are parts of a whole, so I don’t see it as a question of “which side does he like better?”—he already had a budding interest in her before she was possessed, even if it manifested in frustration over her niceness. As much as I love watching Soon-ae throw Bong-sun’s body at Sun-woo, what I hope Soon-ae does for the romance is push everything that’s been repressed to the surface—things that may have needed her push to bloom, but not things that require Bong-sun to be Soon-ae.

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? my favorite drama of the moment

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Someone put a like button cus I like this post. ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿ lol

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So so so good....
i am loving the three main characters so much that their conflicts are pulling three ways opposite direction yet still being cohesive...

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@ ramen

+10 ... I really wanted Bong Sun to have been somewhat aware of Soon Ae and to have picked up a thing or two from her on being confident. Her self-effacing timidity is quite extreme. Well, we just have to hope that Bong Sun can still get a few pointers from Soon Ae even if they are separate... and anyway she really has to grow and like JB says, become literaaly more self-posssessed and confident.

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Oh and both timidness and timidity are in use!

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YAY Thank you for the recap!!

What a little gem of a drama! I'm so glad that the real bong sun is finally given a chance to show up, and she displayed more emotions than a scared church mouse.

Sunwoo is so sweet all this episode that I am full of squees...
Its lovely that he and bong sun already has a sort of connection via her blog, and neither of them knows it yet.

Sung-jae is being quite scary this episode, how he knocks into the old lady's cart as he drove by startled me, but how he coldly does not help Soon Ae's dad just confirms that yes, he is probably possessed by a malevolent ghost. Maybe this ghost had some prejudice with her dad that made him enjoy seeing him suffer? Does the ghost have 24hr possession? How long has it been going on? I don't think the sweet smiling cop who smiled shyly when Soon Ae gave me an extra egg had been possessed then...

All the more reason to keep watching! Looking forward to tonight's ep.

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Didn't he kill that dog too? When Sung-jae's partner complained about having to patrol that neighborhood because of the doberman, and then you hear the doberman crying off camera, I assumed Sung-jae killed it.

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This and IRY are my favorite dramas at the moment. :))) lurrrrrrrrvvvvv it!

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Me too :)

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Me three! ?

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Sun woo certainly has a 4D personality. No wonder he mistakes Bong sun's mood swings as bipolar disorder. He's a bit of a Rain Man himself. I think this drama has been cleverly written so far. I can do without some of the filler characters. Sun woo's mom is completely obnoxious and serves very little purpose in the drama other than to draw out ghostly narration from the fumbling psychic.

Jo Jung seok is good as usual, but Park Bo young is really pulling this off. Kudos. Shin Soo ae is doing what she does best, being quirky. This is a most entertaining drama so far.

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I love Sun Woo's mom! Shin Eun-Kyung plays her so well.

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Ahhhh...do we really need to be subjected to a cliche'd loud mouth silly woman in a half way attempt at comic relief. I don't care about the actress the character is annoying and that screeching is an assault to your ears. I almost have to turn down the sound.

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Not sure what her role is in this, aside from being stupidly superstitious.

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well, firstly, to explain sun-woo's past and his aversion to rice, and their somewhat complicated relationship as a family. secondly, with her connection to the shaman, who's on a mission to find soon-ae and likely figure out the mystery behind sung-jae and his switched fate.
and she's not stupidly superstitious, at least in this fictional world- all her worries about her son are on point, even though he refuses to believe in them.
the only problem i have is how they paint the single mother as being irresponsible, constantly drunk, and having neglected them as children, even though there was that short bit where she defended herself by saying that she was studying hard to make ends meet. so i don't think she's a filler character per se, but i feel like it's a bit heavy on stereotypes without necessarily smartly undermining them, yes.

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So....I was really excited to finally see Bong-Sun in this episode, but it looks like she won't be around for long :(

I was kinda upset with Soon-ae actually. I wish she was a little more understanding. Like 'Hey, I possessed you. I'm sorry. But maybe I should let you know what happened?' She just seems really selfish right now.

I was actually hoping Bong-Sun wouldn't get saved in the end. I was hoping she'd actually pull it off so it could give her some confidence. sighhhsssssss

But Sung-jae...can't wait to see what's happening with his character!!!

Lol, time to go read recaps for 49 days to remind me of a ghost who cared for her host...

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Yeah... The idea that Soon-Ae will possess Bong-sun again without permission really irks me. Not to the point that it turns me off, though.

We've been getting to the point where Bong-Sun's reactions to the things happening around her are causing her character to open up more, and now it's getting taken away again.

I hope the two can reach a reasonable compromise.

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Even so...Bong sun's timidness is so frusturating I prefer when she is posessed!

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I completely agree. Just started this and I feel like she's wasting her life in comparison to someone who lives it as fully as possible. I don't miss Bong Sun when she's gone and am in fact, quite annoyed at the continuous apologies that aren't a good response to almost anything people say to her. While, I do realize it is her body, total shutdown against the world is not the answer. I just finished The Master's Sun, so I have little patience for how she responds to the ghosts and life.

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I wish she was a little more understanding. Like ‘Hey, I possessed you. I’m sorry. But maybe I should let you know what happened?’

In order to do that, BongSun has to give her some time of her day. But she's too terrified (not that I blame her) to even listen without clamming up.

Guess having BongSun accepting her "gift" is gonna be part of the story arc.

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After 2 and a half years of being a ghost, I think she's not as attuned to "human interaction."

She also has this fear of becoming evil if she doesn't complete her mission.

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Awwww Bong! I'm glad she's back but basing on the preview it looks like she's gonna be away for awhile. I really can relate to her personality and I'm rooting for her to be confident as we move forward. I'm hoping that Soon Ae will be the one to help her with that.

The desperation in SoonAe's voice kills me and I hope nothing happens to Ahjussi! Looking forward to more hijnks next episode.

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Maybe I missed something, but does Soon Ae's family know that she died? Her dad referred to her as having gone away, but if they knew she died and gave her a proper funeral then she wouldn't be a wandering ghost, right?

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My thoughts exactly! The father wasn't upset be has the friend didn't call. He was calling Soon Ae a bad girl because she's gone even though her friend invited her is getting married. It was a wedding invitation! The real reason she can't rest in peace is because no one knows that she's dead. The family thinks that she ran off. That's why her room is kept the same. Her father is waiting for her to come back, not realizing that she's dead. That's why he always refers to her as having gone far away. That's the closure she and her family need for her to pass on.

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Whoa. For some reason I've been thinking her dad was just being super-euphamistic all the time, but you're right. She probably died in a way where she just vanished.

Yikes, I hope she's not submerged in a pond somewhere.

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I think they suspect that she's dead. I mean, imagine if your kid just all of a sudden vanished someday.

So he probably just "hopes" she's missing, but I think in the back of his mind he feels she's dead.

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Him taking about her having gone far away: It might simply be a euphemism for her being dead. In K-dramas (and in some Asian cultures), people don't like to use the word "death/dead" and use metaphorical terms for that.

Even with a proper funeral, folk belief has it that some dead people still turn into ghosts if they have no closure for their lives. The virgin ghost is an example.

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Idk. I feel like Bang Sun is totally getting duped out of her body. I mean previews always say one thing, and something else happens, so I am trying not to go on what I saw in the previews for ep. 6. BUT I'm still thinking that it will end up being Sunwoo falls in love with Soon Ae as Bang Sun. I was kind of hoping for slightly more development with Bang Sun, but I know it is a process. I just still feel like how is Bang Sun going to grow if she can't even be in control of who possess her? Or maybe they can cohabit the body. Who knows?! lol

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The "good" thing is that he believes she suffers from bipolar disorder/manic depression. Which means he thinks that both are two inherent sides of "her".

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I feel the same way too. I would rather see more of the real Bang Sun. The ghost possession is alittle disturbing, but it's just a drama afterall! LOL

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Thanks Javabeans, you sure recapped it fast ^_^,
I Love the scene where Sun Wo and Bong Sun chat indirectly through Bong Sun's blog.. that sweet moment kyaaaaaa...
There is a scene makes me confuse, sometimes ghost can touch things and humans, some time they don't,..when Soon Ae walk among people she easily passed by people, even in this episode it takes hard efford for SoonAe to open a book where she save her money, but in the basement, when Soon Ae talked with bong sun, she easily touch bong sun's hand, and lift it up.. hmm...

I am looking forward tonight' eps, i don't think Soon Ae possesing Bong Sun's body is good, but if i were her, i think i could do the same, i just hope Soon Ae learns her action after she know what kind of person Bong Sun is. Soon Ae has to do something to help Bong Sun while Bong Sun help Soon Ae by lending his body...

(Oh..chef how can you be so damn hot, cool and cute at the same time whoaaaaa... )

Thanks TvN for airing this drama.. :*

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Im sorry.. but the real bong sun irritates me... not just becos of soon ae's stronger take charge personality. park bo young did a very good job here !!!

Btw of the ghosts.. i think they're scarier than those in master's sun.

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Real Bong Sun irritates me too, but they did a really good job establishing why she'd grow up the way she has: the first thing she sees post-possession is a truly terrifying ghost, and she's got another one chattering at her nonstop and constantly threatening to take over her body.

No wonder she has a hard time interacting with anyone - the moment she draws attention to herself she might suddenly have to deal with a ghost and look like a total lunatic! She must have spent a lot of her life apologizing for muttering and flinching at things that no one else can see.

Hopefully the threat of possession will force her to either tell someone what's happening (I still think her grandmother is dead and making calls from the great beyond and doesn't really count) or develop a survival instinct that makes her more assertive. So far her experiences have trained her to think that being mouselike will protect her, hopefully she'll learn the opposite now Soon Ae is both threatening and possessing her.

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but she sent grandma money for her back surgery that's why she doesn't have money..

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Did she? I might have misunderstood that part - I thought Grandma introduced that idea and thought she might be trying to trick anyone possessing Bong Sun. But I might've missed some pronouns.

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yeah, soon-ae was puzzled about why bong sun didn't have much money on her, and then found out through the phone call with grandma, who expressed concern about her sending it every month. in this episode, we found out that the grandma had sensed something off about bong sun, but that was because she'd been speaking formally to her and not because grandma had asked a trick question about the money. anyway, seeing how bong sun's horribly afraid of ghosts, it's unlikely that she would be willing to communicate with a dead person over the phone (how would that work, anyway?) regardless of whether she was her grandma. grandma's alive, for sure.

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But if Grandma is dead, who does Bong Sun send her wages to?

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I don't think the grandma is dead. You're right, if she is really dead...then why does Bongsun keeps sending most of her income over? More like the grandma is probably living quite far awayaway. I think Bongsun moved to where Chef is so she can get a chance to work with him. He's her idol/crush and cooking is her dream after all.

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Love this drama so much. I am so conflicted while watching, I want to know more about BS and I would like her to develop more self confidence and be less timid, but SA possessing her is fun and along with that comes Skin ship so heck ya.
The mystery behind SJ, and SA's death are exciting to untangle, I like how its not the focus and but the writer gives us bits and pieces to allow us to solve it slowly. Looking forward to more.

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I think Cordon Bleu has a crush on Bong Sun and I'm loving it. Squeal.

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I hope so too! He's a total cutie whehehe

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I LOVE this drama! I've been disappointed by a host of dramas recently, and this is one that still captures my entire interest 5 episodes in. Park Bo Young is easily becoming my favorite actress; she displays the dichotomous nature of Bong Sun and Soon Ae so naturally that it really does almost feel like she's being possessed.

I'm a little disappointed that Bong Sun is probably not going to be around next episode because we just started seeing her make sense of things and after losing two weeks, she's going to even lose more time in the world. I totally understand Soon Ae's need for Bong Sun's help, but she's not a tool she can use whenever she finds handy, and it looks like she'll be sticking around again for a little bit which makes me sad since I want to see more Sun Woo + Bong Sun interaction! I love the small connections they have like the blog and feeling like they know each other through something like that. Hopefully they'll have opportunities to develop their relationship and really get to know each other on a more personal level.

I'm very intrigued by Sun Woo because I wonder when he started acting like he was possessed and what caused the ghost to possess him (if this is the case)? It's a nice mystery thats being tied in to the overall plot very well.

I had the same kind of manic love for High School King of Savvy in the beginning so while that drama had its flaws, if this drama is anything like its predecessor, I am in for a very fun ride (:

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Am i the only one who likes Joon has a soft spot with Bong Sun ???/ :))))))))
Since beginning i like him with Bong Sung :)))))

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This is the first Drama in almost a whole year I truly love... so far. Hop the good work continues!.

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Seeing Bong Sun shaking and panicking in the production studio, for a moment I really wanted to be there to encourage her and give some nice supporting slap on her back. Chin up, back straight girl! You can do it. Stop saying sorry, say your real thoughts out loud, be confident!

At least Bong Sun now has the guts to confront someone, err, someghost. That's a milestone.

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I understand the feeling, but just wanted to point out that for people with social anxiety, this type of encouragement doesn't really help.

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Ummm, sooo when did Cho Jung Soek become a hottie?!? Have I been sleeping on that?! ? or am I just thirsty? lol
The only other show I'd seen him in was what's up!
I'm truly enjoying this show like many of you. My sympathies are with Bong Sun right now. I'm sad that her life may be hijacked again so soon. I'd love to see her come to her own.
The upside is that hilarity will ensue with her possession. I hope this drama continues to be enjoyable.

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I might be the only one who likes Bong Sun more than Soon Ae ?. As others have said I don't like that she'll be gone by the next episode already. I don't want the love triangle to develop through Soon ae with Bong Sun kind of extra. It's giving me School 2015 flashbacks and that's not a good thing! I really like this drama and don't want to end up questioning whether the main lead likes the real Bong-sun or Soon-ae Bong-sun.

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I like Bong Sun more than Soon-Ae. Soon-Ae's lack of responsibility when she was in Bong-Sun's body really peeved the hell out of me.

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100% agree with lack of responsibility. Wanting to save her dad is noble to be sure, but by the looks of it Soon-ae doesn't skip much of a beat in trying to get into Sun-woo's pants. I was seriously irked she wasn't more affected by Bong-sun's tears and pleas. Can Soon-ae not see to what degree she's hurt Bong-sun, who wasn't all thay emotionally balanced to begin with?

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I'd probably be fine with her actions during her possession, even. It's just that AFTER the possession, she didn't take any effort at all to calm Bong-Sun down and put her up to speed on what's been going on.

Instead of talking to Bong-Sun after the fire, she was out in her store accomplishing nothing (since she can't interact with her dad anyway).

I mean, there's obviously a problem with Bong-Sun's timidness, but Soon-Ae is the one who has the power to possess Bong-Sun any time she wants to. I think there's some sort of noblesse oblige at play here where she should be the one to learn to be considerate of Bong-Sun.

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I think 2 and half years of being a ghost really changed her. She basically had almost not interactions with humans except a shaman that wanted to capture her, and other ghosts that might be even more messed up.

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That could be why there is that three year deadline before the ghost becomes the evil kind. I mean, maybe after three years of spending time so grudged up and vengeful as a ghost, you lose that humanistic connection that you once had. Perhaps Soon-ae's future interactions with Bong-sun will re-educate her in those notions and feelings, which could end up being Soon-ae's saving grace.

Aaaah! I love this drama. It's actually one of the first times that I want to join in with all the speculations that everyone has, and chip in a few of my own.

I really didn't realise how much I didn't mind the small pieces of breadcrumbs the drama is leaving for us, because with previous dramas it just made my eyes roll. But somehow it works perfectly here.

I think the reason this drama is working for me so far is that it seems to really be addressing some of those issues that I feel could be a problem just at the right time, for example, the problem of Soon-ae spending too much time possessing Bong-sun. I was really getting worried that they would drag that out for another episode. If the preview is anything to really go by, it was a welcome break to have Bong-sun back, it probably gave Soon-ae a much needed time out to see what her work is doing. She may not seem fully affected by her behaviour in Bong-sun's body, but maybe seeing Bong-sun's reactions will linger in her subconscious and comeback to her when she is about to go overboard.

I'm really liking how the story is progressing, I hope it continues to deliver! These characters are wonderful and colourful and just so enjoyable to watch together. :}

I'm not looking forward to tomorrow. It will mean I have to wait a WHOLE week till the next episode. 안돼요!!! T.T

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YES! I totally agree! I wished that Bong Sun was trapped in the body forever because I feel like Sun Woo likes the Soon-ae Bong-sun, but then I'm conflicted because Soon-ae doesn't like him. But if she were trapped in the body, she could gradually like him. At the very least, I hope that they could somehow share the body. UGH this drama is literally SO stressful.

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Maybe Sungjae's fate (before he got possessed) was to be alone, because the girl he was meant to be with (Soon Ae) died. If that's true, it just makes me sad

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Whoo, this is one of the first Kdramas to make me feel legitimately jumpy while watching: I can't see the twists before they happen, and the writing and acting are delicate enough to really suck you in.

Poor, poor Bong Sun! No wonder she's lived a meek, terrified life! First thing she sees in the hospital is that creepy ghost, and then Soon Ae hovering round her chattering like a monkey and making it pretty damn clear she'll do a forced possession if that's her only option. Park Bo-young is knocking it out of the park, selling how down-to-her-bones frightened she is.

I still think her grandmother is dead and somehow communicating with her by phone.

Sung Jae is terrifying. The inaction with Soon Ae's dad, whatever the hell happened to that poor dog, the strange incident with the cardboard collector... They're such low-energy cruelties, but they're there. He must be involved in the accident somehow. Is it possible for a ghost to go bad inside someone? Is he on the verge of being a demon? While we're at it, why was the doctor's grandmother messing with his eye?

Fantastic show. Ended it as a bundle of nerves, worried about what's going to happen to the shoot. You can sympathize with both Soon Ae and with Bong Sun, but it's Bong Sun's body, so... back off, Soon Ae. You're absolutely scaring her out of her wits.

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I'm really liking the drama.

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As expected, this episode where our heroines meet is the best episode yet, but unfortunately we're losing one heroine again tomorrow. Sadface. I agree this possession is for the greater good (can simultaneously save Dad and save the show), but can Bong Sun please catch some more cold germs and eject Soon Ae out soon?

I want to meet Grandma. How could you not go visit your frightened granddaughter after she called you in tears? Sun Woo is such a sweetheart. "Did you take your medicine?" Whereas Sung Jae is scaring the crap out of me. How evil is he? I got chills down my spine when he casually walked away from a dying Dad.

Thanks for the recap, javabeans!

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I like Joon :) If Soon Ae is not dead yet , then pair her with the chef and Bong Sun with Joon :)

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I like Joon as well. He seemed genuinely kind and considerate. In my heart, I want Bong Sun and him to end up together. But, alas, in the drama world, only the main leads pair up in the end.

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Just thinking... Two-point-five-year coma?

Owell. Wishful thinking. Haha!

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judging by this recap, dramafever's subs truly are shit.

Theory: is it not just because the strength of a person's ki that she can't possess people, but also the possibility that Soon Ae can be semi-corporeal? Except for Bong-sun, because of their matching wavelengths. She could hit the basketball, open her diary, the guy saw her reflection in the screen, her sudden ejection from her host...Those might add up to others' theory that she's just in a coma. Or some other cosmic fuckery...I dunno, your guess is as good as mine.

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In coma! never thought about that possibility, but it could be true. That's rather unexpected. Now I could imagine a happy ending for the both of them (plus Soon-ae's father, feeling sorry for him).

These two girls could be great friends for a long time if Soon-ae is back alive once they've gotten along. Bong-sun with Chef-nim and Soon-ae, you could have Cordon.

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Doesn't this remind you of the movie "Just Like Heaven" with Reese Witherspoon? She was in a coma due to car accident and became a ghost also.

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Oh it will be so nice if that is the case ^_^ I just want Soon-ae to have a happy ending with Chef

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Actually, I'm fluent in Korean and I think dramafever subs for this series have been consistently on point compared to what I've seen for other series. I was impressed with their precise translations as this show purposely sets the viewers to guess and theorize based on dialogs. The recaps tend to include more interpretations and theories of the recapper so they help the readers to fill in the blanks that were intentionally placed by the writer.

This show certainly limits explicitly telling the viewers what's going on and I think that's what keeps things interesting. If you feel that you don't understand what's going on, it's probably because you're not supposed to know what's going on.

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I agree :) doing it this way makes the show more interesting

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Sorry to see Bong Sun leave again when she just came back. I liked Soon Ae in her body. She had more of a feisty and endearing personality, and I think everyone around her liked her that way instead of being a meek mousy girl. At least this time, Bong Sun will be aware of Soon Ae's possession of her body. It's scary to wake up two weeks later without an inkling of what happen.
I thought Bong Sun was a little retarded trying to get rid of Soon Ae with the blow torch?? She's the only one that can see her, and she nearly burn down the restaurant. Hope Sun Woo has a hefty fire insurance! He wasn't that mad at her.
I'm in awe of Park Bo Young, and I think Kim Seul Gi is wonderful too!

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I don't think Bong Sun wanted to get rid of Soon Ae with the gas torch, I think its her being so freaked out she used the gas torch to physically keep Soon Ae away from herself. But either way that really showed how scared she was, poor girl.

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Creepy creepy cop! The otp plus ghost is so cute, I can't even.
Jo Jung-seuk is perfect in this role. He is, by turns; cute, assy, gentle, and cold.

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Praises for Park Bo Young! She's just so good. When she's possessed by Soon Ae, she even sounds like Soon Ae (the actual sound of her voice). I feel really bad for Bong Sun but she has to love herself more and be confident. That's the only way to protect herself. Based from the previews, Soon Ae would be driving again. I kinda want to see more of Bong Sun though. ><

Can't believe I'm saying this but I ship Park Bo Young and Jo Jung Seok now more than I shipped him with Shin Minah. To think that Minah played Arang, which this drama reminds me so much of.

Thanks for the recaps, javabeans!

P.S. JO JUNGSEOK IS SO FREAKING HANDSOME. TOOO MUCH FEELS

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....Damn! I find myself shipping Bong Sun and Hottie Cordon more and more ._.
If there is a possibility that Soon Ae is still alive but in a vegetative state, would the pairing be SW-SA and Cordon-BS ??
Each time Cordon double check on BS, my heart can't help but flutters ???

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iKRR !!! he's stealing my heart in every scene ...

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Leaving the superlatives aside with regards to how stellar the acting, cinematography, and story are at this point, the only drag is Bong-sun's characterization.

I'm not particularly intrigued by her background, nor am I excited to her dispossessed. The one thing I am interested in is seeing why she wanted to work in a restaurant when she can't look up long enough to learn something or engage in eye contact for more than five seconds with Sun-woo, her secret idol. As the story progresses, I'm sure her ki will become stronger as Soon-ae forces her to confront the world. Until then, Soon-ae's world, please.

Speaking of Soon-ae, I love her and I love how her lust has turned into a dire circumstance of eternal unrest. I love how complicated, funny, and loud the character is. She is sunshine to Bong-sun's overcast skies.

The officer is scary as all hell. Can't wait to find out from which circle he ascended.

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I really like Bong-sun, because I can relate a bit. She's almost 2 different people when she's on her blog versus in real life.

I also love how seeing ghosts has affected her. So that's why it's a pity she'll be gone so soon.

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Aside from I Remember You, this is one show that I always look forward to each week ♥ Jo Jong-seok, you.

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Same here. This show, I Remember You, and Scholar Who Walks the Night, are the only 3 shows I'm looking forward to. 'The Time I loved You' and 'High Society' really bores me to death these days that Ihahave to skip parts (not that they're bad or anything, it's more of lacking chemistry and tension).

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This drama, Mask and I Remember You... My Monday to Saturday drama watching is all set.

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Best drama of the year no doubt

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I really don't want to see Bong go again, I want to know more of her. Soon-ae irks me with her insensitivity and irresponsibility toward Bong, especially when she borrowed Bong's body against her will. She's fun but she makes me feel like only what she wants is what matters, she doesn't care what kind of damage she forces upon Bong at all. Well, at least like JB said, she did ask for permission at the end of this episode, which I hope will be a step forward to bring these two girls together.

My favorite moment was the cabbage porridge one between Bong and Chef. It's gentle and heart-warming.

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I don't know why I didn't think about it before but read someone's comment about Soonae possibly being comatose.. idk how I would feel about that though. But I love her and currently like her more than bongsun..because her meekness irritates me even thou I understand because of how horrible she has had it..so I'm hoping for some character development..especially since I really dig a confident romantic female lead..or at the very least one that actually seems to enjoy skinship.aha.but really tho.. :)) come on Bongsun you can do it!

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Thank you, dear Java. 3,5% in ratings? Wow! We're bound to see a lot more Ghostess... Thank God!

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I don't think I have ever seen a cable show rate this high. It is usually considered very good if they get over 2%.

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For tvN, it happens. Last year, "Marriage not Dating" had at least one episode above 3%, and Misaeng, well ...

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Out of curiosity, how much did Misaeng get in terms of ratings?

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They started at 1.5% and increased steadily to 8% for the final episode.

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JTBC also had a few dramas over 2%the past year: Yoona's Street, Firstborn and most recently Maids which actually got an almost 5%. Cables do quite well recently; perhaps that's why shows that are below the average 1% of the cable networks get cancelled really, really fast *snif, EGC, snif*

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Cruel Palace: War of the Flowers (JTBC) - 4.98%. TEN (OCN) -3.91%, Queen In-hyun's Man (Tvn) -2%?

Just the few that I actually watched.

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This is going to turn out to be a Cinderella story with Soo Ae playing the fairy godmother by the looks of it. But I really wish the chef ended up with Soo Ae. Bong Sun is such a wallflower, meek and diffident and if the drama were to be about her, there won't be any drama in this drama. She has been seeing ghosts from such a young age and yet she hasn't been able to find a way out. I think seeing the ghosts is scary, but you might get used to it after a while, right? Or find ways to cope? How long would she have gone on living like this sleeping at her job and living such a repressed life? She couldn't earn a living and perhaps desperate, she would have perhaps even thought of ending her life. I had sympathy for her until that scene in the first episode where she apologized to the customer even with the hot soup all over her. Then I realized she is a doormat and my feelings for her refused to grow. If she was at least 10% more interesting, I would have felt for her when she got possessed. Since she is not, all I do is sigh in relief when she gets possessed.

I like how Soo Ae is such an active character though just a ghost. She is basically good-natured, but becoming a ghost has made her desperate. In a world where the ethics we know don't apply to ghosts who regularly possess people and some of them even make them do bad deeds, it is not right to call Soo Ae selfish. She got stuck in Bong Sun's body and tried to find her way out by losing her status as a virgin ghost. She did try to possess other bodies once she came out and she didn't try to forcibly possess Bong Sun until her dad was in a serious condition. She asked Bong Sun to call 911 and when she wasn't responding, she possessed her again. Anyway, since she is interesting, I don't mind her possessing Bong Sun.

I think the chef's feelings for Bong Sun are kind of similar to the feelings he has for the dog he has adopted. She is so meek and you feel like protecting her. But unless she found a backbone and some confidence, it would have remained limited to those feelings. The blog is an over-used device to connect two people who haven't yet connected on an emotional level in real life, so it doesn't move me.

I think the drama will end with Bong Sun and the chef living happily ever after Soo Ae leaves her ready to face the world. But how I wish the drama let the naughty ghost have the more interesting love-line instead of the cinderella getting her guy.

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But Bong Sun is so different on her food blog. So I found those two clashing personalities very intriguing.

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I think we're in the minority here. I have this thing about total doormats in that I totally cannot empathize with them, and I find Bong Sun's constant meekness and apologizing for everything from the time of day to climate change just cringeworthy and not appealing.

Despite her lack of ethics, I find Soo Ae much more interesting.

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I agree with you on Bong Sun's meekness. Can't wait for Soo Ae to take over.

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LOVE THIS DRAMA XD Thanks for so much for the recap! As voiced above, it's not as hilarious as previously but has a lot of heart. Really looking forward to seeing how it develops.

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Although I missed all the hijinks Soonae caused while in Bongsun's body, I'm really really glad to see Bong Sun back. I wanted to see more of the old BS especially her interactions with Chef and Cordon. The cabbage porridge scene and Cordon asking if she was okay were such squee-worthy ones. But by the looks of the previews, we won't be seeing much of her in a while :(

I love Soonae and I totally understand her desperation but how inconsiderate of her to use BS just like that. I hope along the way she understands that BS's body is not something she could just use at her disposal. But yes, baby steps and at least she's showing growth in that aspect.

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Finally out of lurking coz I want to pen down what iurks me.

First of all, thanks JB for the recap! That was fast!

I'm a huge fan of Master's Sun so I like this kind of genre. I am intrigued by the idea that there is more than 1 dimension in this world.

The one point that irritates me in this drama so far, is unfortunately Soon Ae coz of her selfishness. Yes, she is desparate and yes, she wants to save her family/dad. But that doesn't give her the right to keep hounding a human being who is obviously so scared of her. She took-over Bong's body for 2 weeks, created havoc (although it was fun and funny at first) around Bong, and when she finally gets out of Bong's body she wants to get in again just so that she can make out with Chef and get out of this world.

I really hate the part where Soon Ae followed Bong to the basement and indirectly caused the fire, which could have killed Bong or more people in the restaurant! This is just too irresponsible, to me. Bong was so scared and unwilling to be possessed again that the only thing she could do was flash out her torch. That already shows she is desparate but still Soon Ae stayed there, didn't leave Bong alone.

So even if Soon Ae is part of this story's main lead, I can't root for her at all at this point.

Putting aside Soon Ae, I like the premise and the acting. Park Bo Young really demonstrated her talent and skills here and I'm really blown away by how good she is.

Hope Bong becomes stronger and kick Soon Ae's ass soon haha!

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I literally screamed out no when we were at the end of the episode. Seeing Bong Sun in fear and crying telling Soon Ae that she's scared really hit a cord with me, especially when she glared at Soon Ae as she was getting told off. I mean she doesn't have any memory of the last two weeks, lost her place of rent and is now getting scolded and told off all because of Soon Ae. When your last means of getting a living is affected hell anyone would be pisssed.

It'd be nice if Soon Ae was actually in a comatose, but then that doesn't explain her dreaming of drowning. How would her body survive the water? Normally if you die the fishes would eat your body, or at least your body would decompose in the sea/river. So while I don't mind her being comatose, I'd actually prefer it if she really did die and at the end of drama learns to move onto into the after life. That actually made me think if she has to lose her virginity to move on, then would that relate to how she died? Sexual assault? Omo I think i'm going too far now.

Park Bo Young's acting is just so good. I can't wait to see how she portrays Bong Sun opening up. Let's hope in the next episode Bong Sun will end up being consicous again please!

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I love how the drama isn't afraid of quieter moments, like when Chef and Bong Sun simultaneously listened to music. Such a nice moment.
Idk, on the one hand I want Soo Ae to be in a coma and be alive in the end because hey, happy ending! But on the other hand her really being dead would make this drama more memorable for me.

The way Soo Ae lay with her dad while embracing him made me cry, a perfect scene.

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I can't wait for Bong Sun to grow a spine and learn to deal with and be confident around ghosts, maybe even learn to contain them or fight them like the psychic ahjumma. I just can't stand her constant fear and pathetic attitude, as far as I understand she's been seeing ghosts all her life, she got it from her grandma, so why has she not learnt to deal with it until now? For the sake of the story? Not a good enough reason and creates an inexplicable character flaw. The Sixth Sense boy learnt to cope pretty soon and gong hyo jin's wasn't a complete wreck in Master's Sun. I honestly enjoy the scenes where Park Bo Young is playing Soon Ae to the ones where she is Bong Sun. I blame the writing/directing. But Park Bo Young's acting is fantastic, she creates pathos even out of a weak character.

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Don't know about the Sixth Sense Boy but the ghosts in Master's Sun didn't bug GongShil (Gong Hyo Jin) directly. They were more like... just there. But apparently, the ghosts in this drama feel up BongSun, if episode one was anything to go by *shudder*

I think it's a combination of natural timidness and constantly getting into trouble and gaining other people's ire (due to the ghosts) without being able to explain why and being understood that has her all crazy scared and apologetic - since she can't explain why, she can only apologize and with each apology her self-esteem gets eroded, so much so that she becomes this... simpering blob.

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This is a good explanation. Bong Sun lives in constant fear of making a mistake and reacting to a ghost in public, and it makes her withdraw. If she's naturally timid to begin with, it seems normal that she would develop severe social anxiety over time. The way she was hyperventilating about going on the show looked very much like an anxiety attack, not "oh, I'm just shy and have no backbone."

I also disagree that Gong Shil "wasn't a complete wreck" at the beginning of MS. Remember how she had been hospitalized multiple times, couldn't hold a steady job, and didn't really have any friends? She went from being the confident, outgoing "Big Sun" in school to being terrified all the time. She even said that she was able to change as quickly as she did because Joong Won made the ghosts disappear for a while, a luxury that Bong Sun doesn't have.

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@ Peeps and Link..

I guess you both have a point. Logic isn't of much use when it comes to trauma and its resultant consequences. I suppose my asking her to grow a spine is like healthy people telling someone who suffers from depression to just cheer up. It may not be in the person's control at all.

But that still doesn't make me like the character any more, no matter how much I may sympathize, I cannot empathize. Ghosts are scary yes but some of them are not and all were people once, if it was me I'd try to ask them about the mysteries of the afterlife, try to reconcile scienctific understanding with my powers, and generally not ignore or reject something that is a part of who I am. But this is all conjecture, if I really start seeing ghosts I'll have to see if I live up to this self-image :P

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Not just ghosts - I keep hoping that she will get a spine for ANYTHING. Here is it EP5, and she seems to be becoming more pathetic, not less. She kind of "grew up" with ghosts, and should be somewhat immune to them by now.

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To be fair Bong Sun has only been around for 2 episodes and she had no idea what's been going.

This is why I'm so irritated that Soon Ae is possessing her again in the next episode. We're in week 3/almost 4 and we've had a chance to learn about the other characters while Bong Sun has only just finished premier week. She's one of the leads but they haven't spent time fleshing her out.

It would be different if she was the ghost while Soon Ae is in control and we saw her reaction to things but so far that's not been the set-up.

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I prefer bong sun more than the ghost. sure her timidness and low self esteem irks the hell out of me. Baaah so frustrating! But I really wanna see her character development so much. Too bad, she'll be possessed again in the next ep. Soon ae on the other hand, is a fun character but her selfishness and lack of empathy (on Bong sun's situation) turned me off. Honestly, I wouldn't want chef to fall for her.

p.s cordon is such a bae. he's a potential rival

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I think the cop is possessed by PD Lee's boyfriend who died 10 years ago, so now he's evil.

I also wonder if it's a cultural thing that some people here are very upset with Soon Ae's irresponsibility/insensitivity at just possessing Bong in the end of this episode? I'm not sure how much morality ghosts have.

I love this drama! I agree with a previous comment that DramaFever is doing a pretty poor job subbing it.

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Enjoying this drama and the actors who all doing a fantastic job.

Thanks for the recap JB! <3

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Thanks, JB!

"...what I hope Soon-ae does for the romance is push everything that’s been repressed to the surface—things that may have needed her push to bloom, but not things that require Bong-sun to be Soon-ae."

Me too. I feel that already, Soon Ae's possession of Bong Sun has done something positive for her. Soon Ae has made Bong Sun much more interesting to everyone around her. She has earned, the attentions of Chef, so that he is now one of the sweetest of bosses and future boyfriends.

It was out of a mixture of guilt and concern, on Chef's part, but Soon Ae's shenanigans have earned Bong Sun special treatment, a place to stay, a nice dinner, and best of all, a place in Chef's heart.

Now we need the 2 girls' interactions to at least start to balance out their personalities and to resolve a few outstanding issues that's keeping both of them stagnated and unfulfilled.

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The issue I have at the moment is that while Soo Ae seems to be getting a little more heart and growing, Bong Sun seems to be moving backwards and getting worse.

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i was so so happy to see bong-sun return in this episode, but super disappointed that soon-ae's possessed her again at the end of it. =_= and judging from the comments, bong-sun won't even be back next episode.

bong-sun's timidness does get a little irritating at times, but that doesn't change the fact that i'm really invested in her growth and in how her relationship with the chef is going to develop. she's the kind of character that i really relate to, and i'd love to see her grow more confident and be able to show everyone the side of herself that only exists on her blog right now. i want to understand her more and it's disheartening to see that she's getting so little screen time so far when she's supposed to be the heroine.

soon-ae to me is honestly very annoying in large quantities, but endearing and charming in small doses LOL. i really hope that there'll be more of a balance between the two girls later on, because i'd really like to see more of bong-sun right now, and i'm definitely more emotionally invested in her journey.

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I actually like the fact that I find both female characters very annoying: the utterly self-centered and inconsiderate ghost and the ultimate shrinking violet.
It leaves a lot of room for development (even though we already know how that's going to progress).

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