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Oh My Ghostess: Episode 16 (Final)

There’s something nice about a finale that’s all about saying goodbye, since it gives us the chance to send our characters off with proper farewells, where they get to express what they mean to each other and how they’ve grown. Oh My Ghostess certainly had its share of missteps along the way, but the finale brings it back around to character moments, and doesn’t scrimp on the heart that made us love it in the first place.

 
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FINAL EPISODE RECAP

Soon-ae watches as Unni distracts herself with cleaning, trying to ignore that today is the end of Soon-ae’s three-year run as a ghost. Soon-ae says it’s time to say goodbye and move on, and admits that she feels relief now that her grudge is resolved, though she still has some lingering regrets. Unni scoffs that there’s no such thing as a ghost without regrets.

Soon-ae says that with her gone, Unni will have her full powers and be back in business. She hugs her goodbye, and Unni fights her own tearful reaction as she hugs her back. Unni swears she’s not even that sad, then bursts into tears as she says her final goodbye.

Little bro Kyung-mo wakes up to find Dad breaking out the dishware for Soon-ae’s memorial, and he realizes that today is the anniversary of her death. Kyung-mo watches sadly as Dad sighs that he’s starting early just in case it means that Soon-ae will come visit them longer, for a full day.

But Dad is called away by the police department, where the detectives tell him the truth about Soon-ae’s murder by Officer Sung-jae after witnessing the hit-and-run.

Dad is shocked to hear that she didn’t commit suicide, then as he leaves the station, the anger hits him as he thinks of all the times he’d fed her murderer a warm meal. Oh no, he collapses on the station’s front steps.

Bong-sun jabbers brightly to Sun-woo about how her grandmother finds her new sunny disposition so strange that she accused her of being possessed by a ghost. He knows she’s trying extra hard to be positive around him right now, and says that he’ll get it together now and be strong for his family, for Eun-hee and Mom.

Bong-sun takes his hand and says that she’ll protect him, and that puts a smile on his face. He teases her for bluffing big, but she counters that she learned from the best. Touché.

A call from Kyung-mo interrupts them, and at the same time, Soon-ae arrives at Dad’s restaurant to find it empty. But a couple of neighbors happen to pass by sighing that the ajusshi here collapsed again, and Soon-ae freezes.

Kyung-mo berates himself outside the emergency room for not going with Dad to the police station, and Bong-sun and Sun-woo arrive to tell him it’s not his fault. The prognosis is bad though—the doctor says that with Dad’s condition, shock is the worst thing to his system, and they should prepare themselves for the worst.

Kyung-mo collapses in tears, just as Soon-ae arrives. Bong-sun is the only one who can see her, as she crouches in front of Kyung-mo and starts to cry.

Dad’s condition worsens and he starts to flatline, and Soon-ae sits at his beside wailing for him to wake up as doctors power up the defibrillators. As they try to shock him awake, Soon-ae sees something move past her and goes running out into the hallway. It’s Dad’s spirit, and aaack, he’s walking towards the light!

She runs to block his path, arms stretched out as wide as they’ll go, and he’s a little dazed as her recognizes her. She cries, “It’s me, Dad! You can’t go! You have to stay a little longer—what will our Kyung-mo do? You have to see Kyung-mo get married, and see your grandchildren first, and then let’s meet again after that. When we meet again, let’s live a thousand, ten thousand years happily. I’ll only ever be born as your daughter.”

She hugs him tearfully one last time, then turns him around and sends him walking back towards his body. He cries but continues to walk forward as she fades in the background. And back in the room, Dad’s eyes flutter open, and Kyung-mo screams for the doctor. Phew.

Kyung-mo refuses to leave Dad’s beside even when he’s awake and stable, no matter how much Dad tries to get him to go eat. Soon-ae sits there right next to Kyung-mo, happily gazing at her family.

Kyung-mo admits that he really thought Dad was dying this time, and he resented noona, thinking she was being selfish and wanting Dad with her because she was bored. Dad says it’s the opposite, that Soon-ae saved him and told him to stay until Kyung-mo was married and gave him grandchildren.

Dad doesn’t know if it was a dream because it felt so real, and Kyung-mo humors him but assumes he just dreamt of noona. Dad says that it must be because he saw Soon-ae, but he feels happy. Kyung-mo tells Dad that he’s resolved to do well from now on and work hard, and both Soon-ae and Dad look over at him proudly.

Bong-sun comes by, and Soon-ae tells her that today is the day her three years as a ghost are up. Soon-ae turns to her and says she’s grateful, and really sorry. But Bong-sun says that she thinks unni coming into her life was fate—Soon-ae solved the mystery of her death, Bong-sun took one step closer to Sun-woo, and Sun-woo found out the truth about Eun-hee’s accident.

Soon-ae smiles at that and adds that Bong-sun isn’t the same doormat she was before, and she’s really strong now and will live well. Bong-sun promises to work hard and asks Soon-ae to watch over her.

Soon-ae gives her the advice to love as much as she can while she has the chance, and brags that she’s going to meet an even handsomer man than Chef up in heaven. Bong-sun knows it’s just a platitude but says that’ll be great and she’s jealous, and they both struggle to hold back their tears.

When Soon-ae gets up to go, Bong-sun asks what about Chef—isn’t she going to say goodbye? Soon-ae says he doesn’t even recognize her anyway, but Bong-sun invites her to posses her body one last time. Soon-ae turns her down, not wanting to do that to the end, but Bong-sun says this is the last time she’ll ever let anyone possess her, and pulls Soon-ae in herself.

Sun-woo tells So-hyung over the phone that he’s preparing to open the restaurant again, and that he’s thinking of sending Mom and Eun-hee abroad to look into alternative treatments for her legs, and also to just take some time away.

Soon-ae-as-Bong-sun comes in and looks up at Sun-woo with stars in her eyes, and he wonders what’s gotten into her. He takes her hand and is surprised at how cold it is, and that’s when it registers that she might be Soon-ae. She confirms it: “That’s right, it’s me, Chef.”

She shyly pulls her hand away and can barely get out the words that Bong-sun let her come say goodbye. He struggles awkwardly with what to say, and she tells him he needn’t say anything. Soon-ae: “I received so many gifts from you—things I never got to do when I was alive, those feelings… And I was really happy here. I no longer have any regrets.”

Sun-woo thanks her for letting him find out the truth about Eun-hee’s accident, and his voice shakes as he says, “And I’m sorry that you died because of it.” She says that was just her fate, and holds her hand out for a shake as she tells him to be happy.

He takes her hand in both of his, then says, “Go well, Shin Soon-ae.” It startles her when he says her name, and he steps closer to hug her goodbye. She comes out of Bong-sun’s body while he’s hugging her, and looks over at the both of them with a tearful smile.

She turns to go, then looks back one last time before walking into the light. Bong-sun cries as she watches Soon-ae leave, and Sun-woo holds her close. The light envelops Soon-ae, and just like that, she’s gone.

Medium Unni can sense that Soon-ae has passed on, and stands by the river mourning her loss. Behind her, the bell necklace she had put on Soon-ae reappears. She sighs that life just amounts to working hard and living each day to the fullest, and shouts up into the sky that Soon-ae lived and worked hard better than anyone, she knows that. She cries out, “Go well, Shin Soon-ae! You lived well, Soon-ae!” Awww.

Unni wipes her tears and wonders what she’ll have to look forward to now that Soon-ae is gone, and right on cue, Sun-woo’s mom calls wanting a drinking buddy, and Unni runs out to meet her.

Sun Restaurant reopens after a week, and the assistant chefs are all giddy to get back to work. They’re especially happy about Bong-sun’s return, and Sun-woo doesn’t even try to hide how much he adores and favors her anymore.

Only Min-soo is jealous, insisting that Chef’s loving eyeballs used to only gaze at him, and when Sun-woo argues, Min-soo strips down to his underwear and chases him around the restaurant.

During the dinner rush, Sun-woo calls out the orders and puts Bong-sun in charge of one of the pastas, and everyone ooohs and rallies behind her. She delivers the dish to the table and waits with bated breath to hear the customer’s reaction, and beams when it’s positive. The most adorable thing is that she turns to the kitchen, where Sun-woo and all the guys are standing in a line, holding their thumbs up in approval.

Sun-woo gets a call from a cooking competition asking him to be a judge, and he has a rare humble moment when he turns it down, though he thinks at the last minute to ask if they’re still taking contestants.

He starts up lessons again with Bong-sun that night, and casually mentions that she has to practice hard if she’s going to compete, and tells her about the competition he entered her in. She’s nervous, but he tells her that sometimes you just have to jump in without thinking, and gives her a present to encourage her. It’s her own chef’s knife, complete with an engraving with her initials and a heart.

The day of her competition comes around, and the assistant chefs are all full of advice and good wishes as they see her out. Joon puts two calming herb medicine balls in her hand, one for her and one for Sun-woo, who is hilariously way more nervous than Bong-sun.

Bong-sun is actually pretty together compared to Sun-woo, who’s such a ball of nerves that she eventually has to shoo him away to his seat so she can focus on the competition. She doesn’t crumble under pressure, and explains to the judge who comes by that the idea for the dish came from the noodles her grandmother used to make for her, modified to be pasta.

They’re elated when her name gets called as the third-place winner, and Sun-woo assures her that she won on her own merits, and for the story behind her dish. He’s so proud of her, and so are the rest of the guys, who hang up signs outside the restaurant and greet them with a cake when they return.

Joon grabs her in a bear hug, and Sun-woo pries them apart jealously, hee. They ask about her prize money, but are more interested in the chance for winners to go study abroad (aaagh, whyyyy). That’s news to Bong-sun, and Sun-woo suddenly grows quiet.

Bong-sun asks him up on the roof that night why he didn’t mention the studying abroad part, and he says he never expected her to actually win. He hugs her, genuinely proud, and says he’ll respect her decision either way—if she wants to stay here and learn on the job, he’ll help her do that, and if she wants to study abroad, he’ll be cool about that too.

She hesitates, then asks if it’s really okay if she leaves, and his heart sinks a little when he realizes that she wants to go. She says that it’s because she wants to experience it, to go see the wide world and work hard each step of the way on her own merits.

He cuts her off to ask about his main concern—whether she can stay faithful—and says he’s not sure about himself when there are countless women throwing themselves at him all the time. It would be less reassuring if it didn’t sound so ridiculous.

He suddenly darts up and storms into his room, and Bong-sun wonders if she should’ve just said she’d stay. But he comes right back with her couple ring-necklace and says it’s the only way he’ll rest easy, warning her that the necklace will punish her if she strays.

He pulls her into his lap to fasten it around her neck, and she puts his arm around her waist. Sun-woo lets out the saddest little sigh and says, “Even with you in my arms, I already miss you. What am I going to do?” Aw, and then he buries his face in her shoulder and cries, though he insists the whole time that he isn’t crying, nope.

Two years later. Stalker the dog has a whole dog family now, and Medium Unni is a huge success, with a bustling waiting room full of clients and her own TV show. Min-soo is now the head chef of Sun Restaurant (hm, where is Sun-woo?), and prepares the boys for the arrival of their new foreign-educated sous chef, who’s already late on the first day.

The door chimes, and in struts Seo In-gook, putting in a cameo as the new sous chef Edward. (He and Min-soo were bestest pals in High School King of Savvy, which makes the ensuing ego war all the funnier.)

Edward totally ignores Min-soo at every turn and sizes him up immediately as a salaried head chef, not the chef-owner, and the only thing Min-soo can offer up in defense is the giant self-portrait he’s put up on the wall.

Edward is more interested in flirting with the hostess than in meeting the rest of the guys, and draws all the attention from the female patrons who swoon as they watch him. Min-soo is further annoyed when the others say that his bluster isn’t all for show since his food is actually good, calling him the king of savvy. Badum-ching.

It’s only his first day, but already Edward is calling out orders for Min-soo to do, and Joon is the only one with enough sass to tell the new guy to do it himself. Go Joon! It’s so cute to see an actual reason for Joon to take Min-soo’s side, of all things, and he gets Min-soo to admit that he misses Sun-woo.

Sun-woo has opened a new restaurant—this one is a tiny fusion-Korean restaurant, and Kyung-mo is the only employee, who doesn’t see why Chef bothers to shout out the orders when he’s going to make them all himself. Sun-woo grouses that Kyung-mo is always talking back when he’s supposed to be learning, so that he can someday return to Dad’s restaurant and be of help.

So-hyung comes by to congratulate Sun-woo on the new place and introduces her new boyfriend, who looks exactly like her dead ex-husband. That’s… weird.

Mom picks Eun-hee up at her flower shop and drops her off somewhere, and Eun-hee has rehabilitated her legs enough to walk with crutches. She brings a big bouquet of flowers (which she told Mom meant “eternal love”) to a police-guarded hospital room… where Sung-jae turns around and greets her with a smile. He’s alive??

It quickly becomes apparent that he’s lost his memories, and he asks again how long they were together. She says three years, and he admits that he doesn’t remember, but he’s sure they must’ve been happy. He starts to cry in frustration that he can’t remember their time together, but she tells him not to try so hard because she likes him the way he is now too.

Sun-woo sighs on his rooftop that Bong-sun isn’t calling as often lately, and struggles to convince himself that European guys wouldn’t be trying to seduce her. He ends up shouting back at himself, “How can they not, when she’s so pretty?! When her face shines like this?!”

He berates himself for acting cool and letting her go, breaks into a whiny song about missing her, then cries himself to sleep. Ha.

It’s another busy day at Sun when Bong-sun walks right through the front door, surprising the guys, who all pepper her with questions and end up just group-hugging in excitement.

She goes to see Dad next, who’s making a fresh batch of kimchi following Soon-ae’s recipe. He looks healthy and happy, and he’s delighted when Bong-sun offers to work in his kitchen, just as long as he doesn’t try to pay her in yogurts. Aweswome, she’s going to work for Dad?

Meanwhile at Sun-woo’s new restaurant, he yells at Kyung-mo for ordering ten times the amount of shrimp they need for the day, and they get into a whole tiff about it until Kyung-mo quits and storms out. Apparently this is a normal occurrence, because Sun-woo just looks at the clock and wonders how he happens to quit at exactly 3:30 every day.

Kyung-mo paces outside and counts to three for Sun-woo to come after him, and when he doesn’t, Kyung-mo wonders if he’s playing hard to get or if he should just go grovel. I love this kid.

Bong-sun walks up, and he hugs her happily before calling her bad for not checking in more often. Sun-woo comes outside looking for Kyung-mo and freezes when he sees Bong-sun.

He presents her with one of his dishes, and she marvels that he’s making rice now. She tastes it just like he taught her to, and instantly comes up with ideas for how to make it better.

He notes passive-aggressively that she must’ve called so little because she was so busy studying to be a top student, and she sees that he’s mad.He pretends that he was too busy to call too, but she says that it was because she missed him too much, and thought that she’d want to come running back the second she heard his voice.

She says it was really hard to be away from him but she endured, and he finally smiles and hugs her, admitting that he missed her.

He picks her up and tells her she did well, and she kisses him over and over again.

They go back to his rooftop, and he offers to hire her, but she says she’s already lined up a new job. He gets jealous when she runs up to greet Stalker with more enthusiasm than she showed for him, and she pulls a Soon-ae move by jumping him and calling him so cute that she wants to “do it.”

He makes sure that she’s really Bong-sun, wriggles free, then scoops her up in his arms, declaring, “It’s D-day!” They go to his room, and we just hear their voices saying things like, “Is that not it?” “That’s it, you’re in trouble!”

Min-soo continues to run Sun with just his core guys and no Edward, Sun-woo and Kyung-mo are busy at the new restaurant, and Bong-sun soon has Dad’s place bustling with customers again.

The taxi drivers all dote on her and tell Dad that they didn’t know he had a second daughter, and he tells them all proudly that Bong-sun is his second daughter who just came back from studying abroad.

As Bong-sun and Sun-woo ride their bikes side by side, she narrates, “As it always did before, the seasons changed and our daily lives resumed, but that summer… through her, who came and went like a midsummer night’s dream, we came to know love, and discovered how precious connections and people are. And just as she told me to do, today I love myself too. And… I love him.”

 
COMMENTS

Once Bong-sun and Sun-woo had already become a couple, the finale really only had to do one thing well—send Soon-ae off with the right emotional punch. There were a lot of things about the ghost possession that weren’t very smooth along the way, but I was really happy with where our characters ended up in the finale, and the send-off that Soon-ae got with each character. She really was the heart of the show, and it’s satisfying to see how she’d changed all of their lives for the better, and that they acknowledged her influence on them. She obviously had the most direct influence on Bong-sun, who gradually adopted her boldness and truly took Soon-ae’s advice to heart. It’s a simplistic arc but a really crucial one, since she went from living her life as if dead, to grabbing the most out of every opportunity that came her way, and not holding anything back from the person she loves.

Her goodbye with Sun-woo was short, but it was the one thing Soon-ae really needed in order to actually leave without lingering regret, and I liked that they played it in a quiet, dignified way. Of course, she’ll always regret not being able to love him in this lifetime, but that can’t be helped. It was touching that he did the one thing she never expected—call her by name, acknowledging who she was as a person, even if he found out too late. Her love for him can be nothing else but bittersweet because she’s already dead, but I found it lovely that she was satisfied with him knowing who she was, and that she got the chance to have loved him at all. But it was honestly her goodbyes with Unni and Dad that actually brought tears to my eyes, and I appreciated that Soon-ae was given a face-to-face moment with Dad to save him herself, no conduit or messenger needed. Soon-ae saving her family was the emotional payoff I was waiting for (far more than catching Sung-jae, which is why it would’ve been nice to condense a lot of Episode 15).

Speaking of Sung-jae, I was taken aback by his reappearance, mostly because I felt like we got the closure we needed for his character in the last episode. I’m not sure if they felt like Eun-hee would have too much tragedy in her life if he died, but it’s hard to believe how forgiving she can be after knowing everything, even if she believes in the ghost possession. Maybe this is the show’s way of putting the blame solely on the evil spirit that possessed him, but I feel like that runs counter to the whole evil-people-invite-evil-to-possess-them thing. I refuse to believe that he shouldn’t take responsibility for his actions, which I guess he will, despite his amnesia. I don’t know, I just found it a little too warm and fuzzy an ending for him. He KILLED PEOPLE. Come on.

That sort of speaks to one of the show’s biggest flaws, which is that the rules of ghost possession weren’t made explicit, and I felt like they changed at times to suit different situations. I’m willing to go anywhere with you in a supernatural world, just as long as you tell me what the rules are—that way every action means something and I’m with you every step of the way, not left wondering why something happened and what it could mean. I also wish that the mystery had played out with more twists, because Eun-hee’s accident and Soon-ae’s death felt like a very obvious story point that we had all guessed quite early on, that got put on ice until just before the finale, then played out exactly as expected. It’s probably a case where Im Joo-hwan’s performance as a creepy possessed killer elevated the simplistic mystery arc.

But I do think that’s this producing team’s true strength—letting the actors shine and make the material their own. And yes, maybe Min-soo didn’t need quite SO much screen time (he really does ramble, that guy), but the openness to ad-libbing makes the camaraderie feel real among the characters. I honestly felt like Jo Jung-seok fell in love with Park Bo-young just a little, he was so convincing when he looked at her like she was the cutest thing on Earth. He’s the only person who could’ve made such an egomaniac so lovably geeky, and never as abrasive as the words coming out of his mouth.

Though of course Park Bo-young carried the show with her amazing ability to capture Kim Seul-gi in her performance as Soon-ae, because she never made us doubt for one second which of them was in control, and she made me feel for her and Bong-sun equally. I’m so glad that her drama comeback was such a huge success, and I hope that means she’ll take frequent breaks from films to do more dramas.

Kim Seul-gi was already a breakout as a supporting comedic actress, but she really showed her dramatic chops in this role. I never would’ve felt as much for her character if she hadn’t been given that amount of screen time to be outside of Bong-sun and watching the world as a ghost—those were always the moments I connected with her on her an emotional level and wanted her to resolve her grudge, because I felt her plight directly. The supporting players like Unni and Mom were so delightful, and of course Joon was always good for a random swoon and Kyung-mo great for a laugh. (That kid, I want a spinoff for him! Oh My Brother, 2016?)

The whole studying abroad trope never fails to make me groan because it’s so overdone, so I could’ve really done without that part of the finale. But it was nice to see Bong-sun grow by leaps and bounds, to be so secure in herself as to win a competition, or venture out into the world on her own. In that respect I can see how it makes her a stronger character, and I do appreciate that her arc is about loving herself and making decisions about her own future, not living a life that revolves around her boyfriend. Because if she had given up control of her body to a ghost for that life lesson, I might’ve lost my lunch. And I like where all of our characters end up, like the fact that Sun-woo takes Kyung-mo under his wing to give him the tough-love education that Dad would be too soft on him to do, and that Bong-sun chooses to carve out her own path by starting small at Dad’s restaurant. It’s an added bonus that they become like family to each other, but that was my hope for them all along.

There are a lot of things I wish Oh My Ghostess had done differently, like giving us a stronger relationship between Bong-sun and Soon-ae other than a few conversations, or handling the possession and early romance with more concern for the balance between the two women. So much of the early development was between Sun-woo and Soon-ae that Bong-sun felt relegated to vessel-hood, and then in the latter half it swung the opposite way and Soon-ae got put in a corner. It just would’ve been nice to go back and forth more often, and to let them communicate with each other right away. Ultimately they wrapped up their stories in the way I’d hoped, so I walk away feeling good about where the show ended up; I just would’ve loved it all the more if the road here had been better balanced. But it’s no small beans when you can say about a show when it’s over that it made you laugh, cry, and swoon, or that it warmed your heart and made you care about where the characters would go, whether in this life or the next.

 
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One of the better endings for a k-drama. So many just leave you scratching your head or screaming and face-pounding.

I really felt bad for the ghostess though :(

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Awesome show :')

It's shows like these that make me love KDramas! Profound characters with a very human streak, excellent storyline with very unique quirks - all in all, it was wonderful!! I usually stay away from non-realistic shows (like those involving time travel, ghosty stuff and body-switching or superpowers etc.) because it becomes hard to imagine myself in the drama (I'm not the only one right?? HAHA I like to picture the drama happening in real life, but with me in it). But I'm so glad I decided to take this drama up!!!!

Thank you dramabeans for your fantastic recaps hahaha made the show even funnier than it already was.

Really bummed that the show had to end here, at Episode 16...it was one of those shows that really got me yearning to see more of it, even if the following episodes were just ordinary shots of the characters' daily lives HAHA. I just WANNA SEE MORE OF THEM!!

Ahhh can't let it go. Really wish that I'll get to meet such good friends (like this jolly bunch in the kitchen) in real life.

This ending made me think of this quote by Winnie the Pooh :D "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

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Thanks for the recap! This drama is 49days meets Coffee Prince meets Gapdong. lol...

Anyway, I love the ending. Love that Bongsun chose to work with Soon Ae's dad.

Good acting from the cast, especially Im Joo Hwan, now I dont think I could look at him the same way again. Didnt know he could play a villian so well.

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Thanks for the recaps JB and GF!! <3

Ah, the finale was so satisfying. I cried during that moment in the hospital when Soon-ae stopped her father from walking to the light - when she told him he had to see kyung-mo get married before he could come back to her, I just couldn't deal anymore LOL. :(

There was definitely that niggling feeling in the back of my mind as I watched this episode that everything could've been /more/ emotional if the previous episodes had been paced better and the relationships and characters fleshed out more. Bong-sun definitely wasn't given enough screen time, and as a result, her relationship with Soon-ae (and to an extent, Chef) didn't feel as emotionally engrossing as it could've been. Especially when Bong-sun and Soon-ae were saying their goodbyes in the hospital; I knew I was supposed to feel sadder than I did, but honestly their relationship had only amounted to a few conversations, so I was disappointed that I couldn't feel more during that moment.

Bong-sun and Chef's moments were SO ADORABLEEE though. I'm not too fond of the studying abroad cliche either, but at least it was used as a symbol for Bong-sun's personal growth, instead of as a tool for forced angst separation LMAO. And it was worth seeing Chef stew in his jealousy HAHAHAHA. The one thing I'm really confused about is Sung-jae's reappearance though, because that just prods holes in the plot that otherwise wouldn't have been there. His entire possession storyline was already ambiguous enough as it was, and now i'm also left wondering how much eun-hee even knows about him. At the very least, poor eun-hee got somewhat of a happy ending though, so I'm not as bothered. :P

The cast was seriously amazing - everyone, from the main leads down to every single supporting character, was fantastic in their roles. They really elevated the writing to another level. Speaking of which, I'm glad that despite all the frustration I felt with the writing before, the drama ended on a strong note. :)

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+1? 1000? 1111?...whatever number represents you hitting every point with which I agree wholeheartedly!! :)

Especially the point about BS and SA's relationship. Unfortunately I love the idea of their bond probably more than the actual bond we saw. Definitely always felt a little one sided with SA always feeling a bit uncomfortable about it. (Probably because she was aware she was taking full advantage of BS)

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<At the very least, poor eun-hee got somewhat of a happy ending though

I really struggle to see this as a happy or somewhat happy ending for Eun-hee. All I'm seeing is a self-sacrificial person offering unconditional love for someone who has some serious issues at best and is a murderer at worst. Even if we delete out everything Sung-jae did when possessed, we are left with a person who had very dark thoughts since a teenager and hasn't lived as himself for most of the time since then, meaning he is as far from a normal 30-something as one can get. Eun-hee's life is reduced to that of a dutifully wife-y waiting next to him (as she has done now for two years) and hope that he is able to overcome his mental and emotional issues. And then, if he ever gets let out of prison, she'll have to struggle with living with someone known as a murderer in society. Pretty miserable.

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honestly, what was the whole point of that? it negated everything that happened in the previous episode and the rule that they talked about several times, that evil spirits seek out evil people to possess. they never explained it explicitly, but clearly, sung jae wasn't unconscious when he was possessed- they were more or less one being, with the evil spirit influencing him to do even more evil things with less of a conscience. he was just horrified at seeing it face to face, at how much ugliness he'd held within him for all these years. it was his own face, in a way.
seeing him reappear just left a really bad aftertaste. it was so unnecessary. and i agree, it isn't at all a happy ending for eun-hee, even though they play it up in a positive way. eternal love? also, she likes him the way that he is and hopes he won't remember? that was just....ridiculous. i really hate when villains are painted in a sympathetic light because look, their traumatic childhood and painful past, boo hoo.....villains should never be humanized like that. they should be held accountable for their actions and receive punishment, period.

girlfriday's perspective that soon-ae was really the heart of the show, whose role was to change the people around her is a better way to think about the show i guess. and the goodbye with sun-woo was nice. even so, i can't say that i'm satisfied with how they handled the love triangle, as cute as bong-sun and sun-woo are together, and of course, sun-woo's jealousy/insecurity.

the acting was really good. and the premise was very interesting, and i did love the characters. it was just that the characterization was severely lacking, along with several issues with logic/lack of explanation........(ex. rules of possession, so-hyung's character- what was the purpose? along with dead bf, sung jae, etc. etc.) i have to say that i'm more than a bit disappointed, although i don't regret watching.

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Sung-jae lost ALOT of blood when he fell off that roof. Plus, he was already wounded from the stab in the stomach Bong-sun had inflicted in the car. Two years later he STILL had the bandage on his head? He should have stayed dead then, not "resurrected" with amnesia. Eun-hee would have had closure knowing how her accident happened, forgiven him because he accepted responsibility for taking care of her for three years. Knowing about ghost possession from the shamen and her mother, she would feel grateful that Sun-ae tried to tell the police about her hit-n-run, yet sad for Sun-ae losing her life because of it. Sung-jae's life and evil possession should've ended when he chose to step off that roof. Bringing him back with amnesia was unrealistic; even if we are caught up in the rest of the whole Ghostess possession premise. All that aside, I adored this drama, Kudos to the whole cast, writer and production team!

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So sad to say goodbye to this drama top :(
But what a great way to end it! And what a wonderful drama it was! :D

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The acronym OMG no longer just stands for Oh My Gosh. Oh My Ghostess! A pleasant drama mixed with overtones of sadness.

It was good seeing Jo Jung-Seok in another drama again. So far I've watched him in The King 2 Hearts, You're the Best Lee Soon Shin, and now this time around as the geeky and egomaniac Chef Kang Sun-Woo in Oh My Ghost.

I'm 3/3 with Kwak Si-Yang's dramas. Beginning with his role as Jung Hee-Joo in Glorious Days, to Kang Se-Jong in Persevere, Goo Hae-Ra, and now as the charming Seo Joon in Oh My Ghost.

Im Joo-Hwan delivered a strong acting performance as Choi Sung-Jae portraying the dichotomy between Officer and creepy possessed killer in which the suspense and chilling aspects of his character eventually culminated in episode 15.

For the record, I'm well aware that Park Bo-Young was the lead. Still, often in kdramas it's a battle to resist succumbing to 2nd lead syndrome. However, with Oh My Ghostess it was 2nd lead female syndrome for me all the way.

Bittersweet memories...For a great portion of the drama, the main impetus for Chef's more endearing traits being pushed to the forefront happened when Na Bong-Sun was possessed by Shin Soon-Ae. Some of the most endearing moments and necessary emotional growth occurred when Chef & possessed BS were together and simply interacting. Neither hesitated in transitioning to be better versions of themselves.

"She really was the heart of the show, and it’s satisfying to see how she’d changed all of their lives for the better, and that they acknowledged her influence on them. She obviously had the most direct influence on Bong-sun, who gradually adopted her boldness and truly took Soon-ae’s advice to heart."

Yes indeed, for me Oh My Ghostess is Shin Soon-Ae.

After the big ghost revelation to Chef, possessed BS (SA) was bounced narratively to third wheel status past the mid-story point in order to conveniently connect OTP dots for KW & the real BS. Pulling the rug like this was a major structural flaw in OMG.

I'm reminded of the proverb, "All the proof of a pudding is in the eating." Did anyone else do a double-take when Chef remarked in this episode to the real BS:

"And once in a while, it's better to act impulsively than cautiously. And sometimes you'll gain something."

"Do I have to start locking my door again?"

Farewell my dear Shin Soon-Ae.

Kim Seul-Gi: I look forward to seeing you as the lead in a GREAT drama project with a talented screenwriter and wonderful cast of actors & actresses!

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Have you seen Whats Up.. It has both IJH and JJS in it. Its a very good musical drama. Shows how good a singer JJS is..

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Not yet. Ugly Alert was already on the list...I'll add What's Up to my never-ending pending queue.

Guess I'm on a Lim Ju-Hwan kick this year. Shine or Go Crazy, Oh My Ghostess, and today I just started watching for the 1st time Tamra, the Island (the Director's Cut) today. It's been on my to watch list for at least the last 2 years.

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Kim Seul-Gi's comments from a recent interview about Oh My Ghost and Jo Jung Suk...

http://www.soompi.com/2015/08/26/kim-seul-gi-disappointed-in-the-lack-of-skinship-scenes-with-jo-jung-suk-in-oh-my-ghost/

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Totally called it! I knew Chef would take Kyungmo as an apprentice of some sorts. hihihi.

I agree that the show did have some flaws especially regarding the possession thing and the balance of screen time between Soon-ae and Bongsun but after thinking about it, I wouldn't really have it any other way. There's so many ways for this show to go wrong (*coughs* BIG *coughs*) but they still made it work. At the end of the show, I feel satisfied and I know that the drama would stay with me for a long time.

And, yes, I second that motion about Oh My Brother 2016! Kyungmo is just hilarious!

Thank you so much javabeans and girlfriday for all the recaps!!

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Hah let's just pretend BIG never happened yes? Such a shame too because the man looked so GOOD in that drama but everything else just went to S---.

I have my gripes like you mentioned but yes, thank goodness they still pulled it all together so we had a proper ending! Like it just could have been so so messy but it wasn't as bad.

But just credit to the AMAZING acting by our leads. Just props for their skill because they just made every scene that much better.

I was already a JJS and KSG fan but like I'm in love with PBY now. Serious girl crushing on her lol.

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It's still the biggest drama disappointment for me until now. I wanted to forget but just can't. It ruined me forever. lol.

Yeah. I've liked all the leads even before this but the drama is still a revelation of how good they really are. I've always liked Seul Gi because she's so funny but she proved here that she can do drama too. Pure talent there! Im Joohwan though. I'mma search for his other dramas now. HAHA

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Medium Unni's sudden "understand?" in English was hilarious!

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Best drama of the year would have to be this. This now rivals You Who Came From The Stars as my most favorite Korean drama of all time. The ratings speak for itself. Who would have thought this to exceed the 7% mark? The last time I heard of a cable drama exceed the 7% mark is from the Reply series.

How did Sung Jae come back to life? That's just the part that made no sense to me. What's the use of him falling down the building and how did he survive even if he had a pool of blood in his head after the impact? I thought that him killing himself would also kill the evil spirit inside of him but he's still alive and what now with the evil spirit? If they wanted to keep him alive, then shaman should have just cast a purification curse on him to destroy the evil spirit rather than him falling down the building.

That moment with Soon Ae stopping her dad from dying, that was a real tearjerker. Also with Soon Ae saying good bye to Bong Sun. I'm glad that the Shin family went back to the way they were with Bong Sun substituting for Soon Ae and that Kyung Mo stopped slacking off.

Omg did chef and Bong Sun really do it? Yeah I bet Soon Ae would be jealous. Good thing she's gone.

Anyone notice the secretary in Eun Hee's flower shop? I think she's the assistant that Min Soo tried to hire cause of her looks but she got fired for her manners and lack of skill.

One thing I was hoping for in the end was a group picture with everybody who works in the restaurant then Soon Ae gets in the picture and they would be like "Who's this mystery girl in the picture? Is she a ghost?"

I'm really going to miss this drama. How I wish they extended it to 20 episodes or even 18. Or at least make a special episode. I can't get enough of this because it has a nice blend of romance, comedy, mystery, and suspense. Whoever cooked this up (pun intended) did a fantastic job!

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This couple is the cutest most adorable most believable most kduachiulijavlifnvil pair ever!! I think they fell in love with each other a little bit too.. because that reunion was just, ah. Right up there with Coffee Prince (the whole scene gave me CP vibes tbh but in a good way!)

What a drama. I absolutely fell in love with all our characters (even whiny sous chef Min Soo) and I was bawling through out the entire finale. I feel the first part, leading up to Soon ae's departure was the more weighty and touching stuff and perhaps the drama would have retained a somewhat grander feel had they wrapped up there without the fan service and fluff at the end. But then who am I kidding, I loved the fan service and fluff at the end and I agree with everything gf says about loving where the characters end up. Ah I don't want to say good bye. But after Soon ae left, the drama had effectively ended.. I mean this story could not continue without her. She really was the heart of the show.

While I think all the actors were sensationally good in this, PBY, KSG and JJS were absolutely AMAZING! They embraced their characters and made them so real. Real enough that I don't want to see them in anything else too soon... too much lingering affection. Sigh, goodbye Oh My Ghostess :'(

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Great ending....for all the characters
Eun hee and soon ae's dad really has a big heart to forgive sung jae for his wrong doings( if dad know he still alive)

Before this ending, i think the script will go to a years later when sun woo n bong sun have their daughter, really think that daughter is soon ae who reincarnated. Like the market ajummas predicted when sun woo n soon ae buy a mango #haha.

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Hah that would have been a cute ending too! Call back to SA by naming their daughter after her!

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Some words about this wonderful romance... what was especially great (besides everyone's growth overall) about Soon Ae's forwardness when in Bong Sun was that it set the OTP relationship solidly on being honest, communicative and not embarrassed about display of affection. This show had some of the most natural skinship and kiss scenes among recent romances. There were no OTP scenes to make me cringe or groan, but instead many Kyaa moments that put a smile on my face... and for that, I give this romance a 100 + alpha LOL!

And I applaud Park Bo Young and Jo Jung Seok for inhabiting their characters so completely that we were convinced they were actually in love. :)

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Haha same rating style as Hyun's. I think I'm gonna adopt this rating style from now on too. 15 plus alpha...numbers can't express how much I love this show ❤

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Hi OMG it's Healer ?

LOL! I just couldn't resist!!! I think I'm going to watch IRY again. :)

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Crying river of tears in this finale! This is damn so good finale! One of the best ending i have ever watched. Every character has its closure! Yes i cried, but the same time i am happy, so many things to learn, so many realization! BEAUTIFUL OVERALL!

Bravo to everyone, to all the actors, producers, crew, writers, such a great and wonderful drama. Thank you, thank you!
I am now a fan of PBY and JJS!!!

Off to rewatching ep15 and 16 again!

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*sniffs*

*feels a thousand different emotions all at once*

It's over now. No more Kang Chef and BongSun next week. No more childish antics from sous chef or caring Joon. I can't say this is the best drama but they definitely have a piece of my heart. They made me laugh and cry and curse and get frustrated. We have varying opinions here, too. Hahaha

I got to attached to Na BongSun that I hated it when SoonAe just kept possessing BS's body. But at least they learned their lesson and everything got better eventually. SA resolved her grudge. BongSun and chef have their happily ever after.

I thought Seo InGuk's cameo is to make chefnim jealous. But haha no need cos chefnim is someone who likes to worry so much about BongSun's loyalty to him. He just keeps rationalizing stuffs. XD And why is it so easy fall in love with chefnim. Ugh. He's so adorable all throughout the show.

I really love how they're giggling and kissing on the last part. They're so perfect together!

Overall, I love the characters. Never forget that our /gorgeous oppadeul/ also made the drama so fun. There are so many things to mention but I'm not gonna write a long comment. LOL

I'm going to miss all of them.

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Hah yeah Chef doesn't need a physical man to get jealous. He get's jealous if BS pays attention to his pets more than him!
But seriously, why is this man so adorable and needy and dorky when it comes to her? I swear every viewer of this show is in love with PBY and JJS and KSG!

I need a Chef in my life man.

I'll "settle" for Joon or SIG though!!

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HAHAHA For someone as charming as Na Bongsun, chef shouldn't be surprised when boys try to get near her. XD He's super cute when he's jealous and then tries to deny it. I seriously need BTS clips from tvN on this episode. I need to know how many of those are adlibs and scripted.

I still cannot get over their chemistry. JJS's genuine smiles to PBY makes me roll all over my bed with every feels I could possibly have. His ears are so red during their last kissing scene. LOL

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Thanks for the recaps! This drama is definitely my favorite for the year! It has everything and I love all the characters. I'm not watching anything else right now so I'm really going to miss this.

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Aaahh Seo In Guk!!! I timed his scene... 2 minutes 51 seconds, ... not long enough!! LOL! I love that instead of making him pee his pants, Min Soo gave in to Edward Seo. Is it poetic justice, or what, that he has come up against a sous chef who is as arrogant and conceited as himself ... but waaayyyy cooler LOL! Wished we'd had more of Edward/Min Sook kicking Min Soo/Duk Hwan's ass.

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You know @GB, I wished they named him "David" instead of Edward. I mean, it's great with the High School King of Savvy references in there, but why not IRY too? LOL

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@ OMG it's Healer ?

You know what... have him named David but Min Soo keeps calling him Dave... or even, since he's Edward... let them call him Ed-die! LOL!

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I almost forgot! That last scene of Soon-ae smiling before she went to the light, omg. She looks stunningly gorgeous in there. That scene was so beautiful. That moment when the color went back to her face and she looked happy and without regrets before she passed on, ahhhh. Looking forward to more Kim Seul Gi in the future.

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To be truthful, the Korean 2 episodes per week was torture (since I'm more used to C dramas' 3 episode a day format)...And now I'm more tortured by the fact that Oh My Ghostess had ended...

I'm gonna miss this show so so much...Chef...Bong Sun...and Joon...and Soon Ae..and Daddy...and everyone TT_TT And I'll be forever in love with Park Bo Young. Her acting and ageyo hit the right spots for me, and the chemistry between her and Jo Jung Seok hit the home run. I'm already in love and cared for all the characters before I knew it. The drama may have it flaws, but I'm not gonna discount my love for it because it gave me much more than I could ask for.

Now I'm gonna be so so lonely over the weekends now with no more Oh My Ghostess episodes to look forward to...

By the way, I heard the final episode went out with a bang, with ratings as high as 7.8%!? Is this true!?

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I'll be honest, this episode gave me the emotions that the first gave me.

Sympathy for Soon Ae and all the emotions of see her say good bye to every one properly. I really LOVED her scene with her Dad's spirit. So heartwarming.
At first I was like why on Earth are we getting last minute Broken Heart Syndrome?? But then seeing her finally get to speak to her Dad, made sense (also made me really teary eyed for her).

I never felt that connection between SA and SW that so many others did tbh. I couldn't root for them or properly enjoy their scenes. Mostly because I spent much of their arc severely uncomfortable with the lack of consent from BS and then by the time I got into it, I couldn't shake how BS was always absent from crucial scenes. So despite their cuteness and how utterly adorable they actually were, I spent too much time frustrated with them.

BUT, I love SA and she deserved a proper goodbye from Chef and just for him to acknowledge what she did. Like I know he thanked her for the part she played in helping with his sister's accident. But I kinda wished he'd also thanked her for her part in helping HIM heal emotionally as well. No matter, it was a really heart warming scene between them. I really loved how much she touched so many people.

The latter half of the episode was all shenanigans. I just sat and grinned like a loon for 30 minutes because JJS is absolutely adorable and ugh just so CUTE. Like he just took a character that often comes off as such a misogynistic jerk that just brought him down to earth in such a charming way. Sun Woo PINING for BS was just so ridiculously cute I couldn't help eating it up.

I totally roll my eyes at time gap tropes when they get used as an escape route. Like when dramas back themselves to an absolute corner and go "Shit, what now? Oh yeah, time gap!" But it made sense in this case. Like it's still lazy writing and all but BS did need that chance to step away from Chef and complete her transformation and learn to love and be herself. I like that she lines up her own prospects, comes into her own, and goes from having panic attacks and being comforted to giving her boyfriend panic attacks and comforting HIM.

Also have to mention this but I REALLY appreciated that this drama allowed the heroine to learn her craft outside of her bf's shadow. Too often the heroine is always seen as "lesser" in the field if her love interest is in the same field. (Doctor-doctor or Cop-Cop relationship? GENIUS!!Male lead with the kinda almost hardworking-but-not-quite-there!Female lead. It always bugs me.

While yes SW IS the better chef. He's also the one that's older and coming from a place of experience. It's never really an issue of skill rather than just her lack of experience. Her accomplishments are always acknowledged and supported. (I'm not forgetting the very annoying and sexist comments her fellow flower boys make here)
But you never see SW yell at her over...

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"Male lead with the kinda almost hardworking-but-not-quite-there!Female lead"

^there are waaayyyyyyy too many of these dramas-__- i am heartily sick of this

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Yup, I've come to the point where I screen my kdramas based on that alone.
Shows like You Who Came from the Stars and the Answer Me series I loved because despite the male leads' "Genius" status the females were completely competent in their chosen field.

I still wish we'd do away with them being so incapable of doing any wrong but then they'd lose their kdrama appeal lol.

What do you call the male version of a Mary Sue?

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this is definitely not just a kdrama thing, but i feel you. i've also learned to be allergic to these types of dramas.....although legal high is my one and only problematic fave, that fits this description. the script and the cast are just too good, but i recognize its faults.

omg i love both those shows!! am currently rewatching you who came from the stars atm.

yes, "pure" innocent heroines bore me. i hate how they're idealized. ones who swear and are selfish and materialistic sometimes, can be a slob, etc. and can fight are more my type. interesting, complex, realistic, "human" characters.

haha i had to look it up but according to wiki, a male version is called Gary Stu or Marty Stu. although i can't really think of any that fit this description. men are allowed to be interesting, complex characters, more so than women are usually. this goes for american films/tv shows too, though i haven't watched any for a long time since the lack of diversity (i.e. too many white ppl) is enraging

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lol can't think of any problematic faves off the top of my head but I'm pretty sure I have a couple!

hah I love that one. I think I re watched it a few months ago when I had a kdrama shortage. Seriously such a hilarious drama. And everyone had such a interesting story...even the side characters!

Yeah hell even "pure" heroines need to be called out on their naivete! Drives me mad when female characters are written as if they're too stupid to function and then glorified for landing a man based on their "pure" heart or wtv garbage.

Gary Stu! haha that's hilarious! And yup, you don't get very many of those. They ALWAYS have a backstory. Even if it's dumb like- my mom didn't hug me enough so now I'm a mysoginistic a--wipe that terrorizes people (or some version of that). Whereas females get the I'm a terrible person because a. I need to land a man b. I'm holier than thou or c. all of the above for no reason except I was born this way and I can.

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Thanks very much girlfriday for your wonderful recaps!

I absolutely love this show!! What an amazingly talented cast...from the main players to the supporting ones. Brilliant director and producer for selecting such an awesome group of actors and actresses!

I alternately cried and laughed loudly throughout this last episode...my heart squeezed so much during Soonae's farewell scene with her father...so well done---so sad but it had a poignant sweetness with her Dad being able to see her and feel her embrace. Her plea for him to live to see Kyungmo married and give him grandkids had me sobbing away.

I love the four fellas to bits!! Their cute and hilarious antics were such fun to watch!! During scenes with them, I'd start to smile only to be startled to laughing loudly at all that happens between them and others.

This drama will be listed as one of my favs.

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Really satisfied with the ending... this is one of the few dramas that actually have an ending which I could go like yeah its really over and be satisfied with the ending! Most dramas have a great starting but they dont end it well...this is one good exception! Am extremely satisfied! ^_^ can't wait for future good ones like this !!!

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I have the same feelings about Sungjae. Regardless of the fact that he was possessed, it was still HIS body and HIS hands that was used to commit those crimes. But hey, this is Kdramaland, after all. In real life, that would not pass at all. What person would believe an excuse like "I didn't actually do those things, I was possessed by an evil spirit"?

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also is it just me or did Sun Woo finally start to see Soon Ae when she left for good? His gaze seemed to follow her as she walked towards the light, when in the past he always had his eyes fixated on a random area if he knew she was there, but not where she actually was.

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4am here, just finished this episode. Have to say this was the most satisfying drama I've watched in a long, long time.

You guys ever get depressed after watching a really good show, movie, or reading a good book? That's how I know I was 100% invested in this show.

Ugh, I don't even know now. Hopefully Twenty Again next week can distract me from my post-OMG melancholy.

Also, can I just say that I absolutely LOVE eun-hee? She's so strong!

Anyhoo, I had a lot of fun watching this one. 2015's been a really good year so far.

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I loved this series and the ending. in SJ's issue I understood why he stayed live (he got second chance from life)...
One problem I have that I didn't like the happy mood in his case. I doubt that he is together with EH or they can have happy ending, because I guess he will be in prison for life or sentence of death.
I saw prison guard opened the door for EH, so he will get punishment. He killed 3 or 4 person (SA, policeman and the angry walker man, and maybe policewoman too). Evil spirit is not excuse before the law.
Although I understood EH why forgave him... Because he was good to her during their marriage. But I'm curious about the dad or brother... What do they think that chef's family are in relationship with "murderer"...
Apart from this mistake I loved this series. Almost perfect and highly recommended.

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I was disappointed that SJ lived. It was such a good ending when he chose to kill himself at the end of 15 out of remorse for his crimes. IJH nailed it and the ending scenes were awesome.

With letting SJ live, it raises a lot of question that the finale didn't answer. If he has amnesia, was it caused by the suicide attempt or was it because the ghost inhabited him? Was the ghost banished? Eun Hee has stuck with him cos she knows his evil deeds were done by the ghost, right? But she fell in love and has been interacting with the ghost for the past three years and not SJ himself? So what was SJ charged and convicted of?

Argh... so many questions not answered.

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Does Korea have conjugal visits for inmates? If it did then maybe EH could have that baby she so wants.

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How will I live with no more cuteness overload from Park Bo Young & Jo Jung Seok?! Ah it was such a fun ride, my minor complaint was the excessiveness spent between SA & SW in the beginning of the show. If only they had shorten that a bit and then given an a longer time for SW to overcome BS's confession regarding the ghost posession it would've been so much better.

I just realised there wasn't any idol actors in this drama was there? This really proves the differences between having a main lead that are actors and not newbie idols. I really hope Park Bo Young gets recognised for this work, heck all the actors should. This once again proves her skills, and althought she'll probably go back to filming movies again I'm so happy she has done this drama. I hope Seulgi gets another good role, and hopefully move into lead role too!

I laughed so much in this epsiodes, the camaderie between the guys and BS is just so great. This is the type of friendship that can exist in real life, not all the fighting and scheming we always see. It's gonna be awhile until I fully watch another drama from beginning to end.

My favourite aspect was the romantic moments between BS & SW. I loved how they hugged so much in the show more than the scenes they've kissed. Dramas always hold back skinship to make the kisses seem more powerful, but I believe there are other ways to show affection than just kissing. Plus whenever they did kiss there is always such a gentleness involved. I'm so not suprised if Jo Jung Seok did fall in love a little with Park Bo Young, how can anyone resist her cute half moon eyes?! Her charisma when acting as Seulgi was overflowing even I crush on her haha

I'm real satisifed with the ending and everything, sure there were a few holes, and some unexpected parts but overall this drama was really memorable. Thanks for the recap!

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I am glad Park Bo Young did this drama also. I know she is famous in Korea but international fans usually are more into kdramas than kmovies and doing just one really good and popular kdrama can really skyrocket one's global fame and sustain a career for many years.

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Yes definitely!
I've always wanted to watch a movie of hers but just never got around to it. Movies are a bit more difficult since they're quite long, whereas dramas cut into bits as you said is more accessible for international viewers.

I'll probably watch some of her films to satisfy my withdrawals for now...

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I hoped for a more elaborate farewell by SA - farewell to the sun family and most importantly, farewell to her family. It is quite sad that her family didn't know that she returned to them for a period of time when they have been yearning for her return. The face to face convo with her father is really touching though. I am really glad that the father is safe!

Also, am i the only one here who is really relieved that SJ is alive? It is not his fault really. In a way, i think he has the best possible ending for him - by not having any memories, he does not have any grudge nor hatred towards anybody. I really hope EH and him can start anew, although i am really skeptical towards how EH is THIS welcoming of him when she MAY BE aware that he is behind her hit and run accident??? Well the show has yet to reveal whether she is aware of the bad deeds SJ (or should i say, the evil spirit) has committed. Maybe she is aware of the evil spirit too??? Also, what happen to the evil spirit? Is it really gone forever???

In any case, I am really glad that the characters found each other to support and rely on through such chilling events. Kyungmo relies on chef to support the family; Chef and BS these 2 once-lonely humans found each other through mutual love; the father gains a daughter BS; the kitchen cooks realising their reliance on chef when he isn't around; the shaman and chef's mum relying on each other as drinking buddies and friends.

All happens becoz of SA. This show really fits its title 'oh my ghostess!'.

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this drama was so good
and the cameo super hilarious ! I am glad everything was so neatly tied in a bow for the ending
Man !! why can't I get a job at a place where such hot dudes work ???? why drama land why????!!!

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The ending gave me a little of COFFEE PRINCE feels. Coffee Prince has always been my favorite drama and no other drama had me so invested in the characters, but i really loved shin soon ae and watching her deal with her feelings was amazing. Kim seul gi proved herself as an actress.The farewell with unni was so heartbreaking I cried like a baby. Park bo young has always been such a mezmerising actress <3 and Chef-nim, well he was daebak from king2hearts time. This show has made its place in my top 20 list of best kdramas ^^

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This show is so awesome one the best dramas of 2015
The ending was also great it wrapped up everything very neatly !!!! And the cameo haha hilarious !
Min-soo was so funny I just loved him and his portrait!!!
why can't I ever work at a place where such hot dudes like sun- woo , Edward and Joon work???? why so unfair life??? why???

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Haha Maybe we can't work if they are in our workplace. kekeke~ We would be drooling in our desk hahaha

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Jo Jung Seok! <3 Will surely miss Oh My Ghost! T.T Hoping for a Park Bo Young and Jo Jung Seok show again. hehe

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Nice! Thanks Girlfriday!

I just finished the last two episodes and I'm really happy about it. I cried when Soon-ae left (the scenes with dad, with Sun-woo and with Shaman Unni) and died laughing when Sun-woo was so missing Bong-sun, singing and strumming his guitar then ended up crying pathetically in bed. Ha ha!
These actors are just so great, I love them all!

Yes you're right, the going abroad trope is overdone. It actually reminded me of Coffee Prince (when the girl went to France to study) and My Name is Kim Sam Soon (when the guy went to the US and didn't contact Samsoon on the phone as he's afraid to hear her voice as he might go right back to her arms), only this time, it's the girl who said the lines. But no matter, the cuteness just won me over!

Sung-jae is alive? After all that blood on the ground? Now that he's with amnesia and kind of unwell, then, wouldn't he be vulnerable to possession again? Yes, I agree that possession rules are somewhat blurry. Also, Eun-hee must be the most forgiving person I know, bless her. I would have the same reaction as Mum -- kind of creeped out. Well, maybe Eun-hee felt like that at first who knows, but then it's just been two years, or can she probably be in denial?

I love that Sun-woo took Kyung-mo under his wings. I think he did it for Soon-ae, maybe a way of thanking her for solving his sister's case. Then Bong-sun with Dad, I love that. It's so heartwarming seeing Dad happy again. For Bong-sun and Sun-woo, well, at least D-day has finally arrived (I reckon that was included to make us all happy)! Rawr!

Love, love love it! I guess, this show is in my top ten Kdramas of all time! Daebak! Thank you again for the wonderful recaps, Girlfriday and Javabeans!

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"It was touching that he did the one thing she never expected—call her by name, acknowledging who she was as a person, even if he found out too late."

Love this analysis, gives me chills. Didn't realize it before. That scene seems even more meaningful now. Not like it wasn't before though.

"Though of course Park Bo-young carried the show with her amazing ability to capture Kim Seul-gi in her performance as Soon-ae, because she never made us doubt for one second which of them was in control"

Can't agree more! What I like about actors and actress is that they can make you believe they're someone else when they're acting and it's very fascinating. I love how Park Bo-young carry out both characters really well as Na Bong Sun's and Shi Soon-ae's personality are both different from Park Bo-young's.

Thank you Girlfriday and Javabeans for diligently sharing their comments from the beginning of this drama til the end. It has become a habit to read your comments after finishing an episode.

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oh my! What a sweet ending. I didn't tear up at Soon Ae's leaving. Honestly, I have a pet peeve about intrusiveness and I couldn't get past that to like or accept the possession thng. If she fell in love with someone she shouldn't have fallen in love with in the first place, why should i care? She's intruding.

But wow, wuss that i am, i teared up when i saw Sung Jae. That leaves the bitter in the bitter sweet. His and eun hee's story represent the tragic underpinnings and i liked that. But then again, i don't think he actually murdered anyone. The equating of a wounded person with an evil person is a slippery slope. As is the idea that orphans can be dangerous to the "real" family. And i don't think the writers were trying to do that.

I totallly think the lovebirds are very affected by each other..or perhaps this is one of those moments where it feels as if there really is love and affection in the onscreen lovers. I totally believed in their ove. the tenderness, everything.

thanks for the recapping.

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Thank you for making the point about being wounded could equate to being evil. I couldn't put my finger on how I was feeling about that. I think the message the writer was trying to convey was because he was wounded, the spirit found an opening. The problem is that I have to read into the story too much and work hard to find extra meaning which to me means the writer didn't convey that message well. (IF even that was the message.) I think this concept of wounded vs. evil could have made an interesting subplot for SJ's backstory as well added to the supernatural rules of possession.

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I would agree with you, but my issue is that the writers failed to establish how possession worked. Unlike with BS with whom possession seemed to mean she knew nothing of what happened then, with SJ it seemed he sometimes knew and sometimes didn't. If he was aware when possessed, things get much messier.

Also, the scene when he tried to suffocate his baby brother is vivid in my mind. It's one thing to be wounded, but that's a pretty dark twist which doesn't allow me to see SJ as just a poor, innocent soul that was hurting due to being adopted and feeling neglected. The writers could have shown his struggles in childhood in other ways – e.g. self-harming or trying to commit suicide.

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Exactly! I can't bring myself to feel sorry for him either in the end. Well put!

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Bong Sun and Sun Woo were just ridiculously cute in this episode. When he's holding her on his lap and literally holding her up, and she's asking for permission to kiss him again... you can't fake that kind of chemistry. I think JJS and PBY just simply liked each other and because of that it was no hardship for them to cuddle. Too. Cute.

Another moment which stood out to me as awesome was at the hospital when Kyung Mo started to bang his head on the wall and Sun Woo rushed to his side and stopped him. But then HE DIDN'T LET GO of the kid. He held onto him when the doctor came out and he caught Kyung Mo when Kyung Mo's knees gave out. It was just such a ... brotherly moment that I nearly swooned. You know Sun Woo would make a great older brother to Kyung Mo, and there's the evidence right there!

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I cant believe I cried so hard after it was over. Heck even before. I just cant let that drama go. I cant ! I am going to miss all the characters so damn much. I just want to see them more and more but at the end, I am so satisfied with the end. It was perfect. As the drama, it had flaws but I dont care about them because all the right notes were full on. This is definitely one of my favorite KDramas ever.
And I am seriously bummed that Jo Jun Seok and Park Bo Young aint going to be real. Sorry Gummy but those damned kisses were so hot. There werent a lot of them but damn, they were goood. Thanks to all the cast and staff. Amazing job. Im Joo Hwan. I only knew him because of Running Man and Shine or Go Crazy but he better headline a drama soon. So talented ! I cant wait for Shim Eun Kyung's The Village too. I became such a fan. She is amazing. Gah, I dont want to say goodbye. At least, there is Twenty Again. Hopefully, it will ease my withdrawl and pain ... OMG, I love you :D

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Thank you for the recap - both for this ep and the entire series.

This was absolutely my fave rom-com of the year so far, and my 2nd favorite drama (second only to "Healer"). Was it perfect? No. But I definitely feel the good outweighed the bad.

A great deal of this was due to the amazing acting, especially the three main leads. As I've said, I was already a fan of JJS, and this show confirmed why I think he is such an amazing actor (and very swoon worthy!). As others have said, he brought such a level of adorkableness and vulnerability to the role of Chef that I find few actors can pull off. And I became a fan of KSG after seeing her spunky performances in "Discovery of Romance" and "Surplus Princess", but OMG showed me how she can do drama just as well as comedy. She needs a leading role, stat! As for PBY, I had never heard of her before, but I love her! Such an amazing actress.

Overall, I think what I loved most about this show is that it just made me so … happy (even when I was crying during the finale). I'm really going to miss it, but I'm so glad I got to experience it. Daebak, everyone!

One final note, I love the symbolism of BS riding her own bike next to SW, instead of them riding a tandem bike. Well done!

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I loved this show, flaws and all. Thank you DB and GF for recapping it. It has been a long time that I watched a show week by week with DB and GF recapping. I missed it, and hopefully more dramas will get my attention like this one.
My favorite part of the drama was the fact they let Soon-ae pass so early in the episode. She passed on and life went on. I think it was a poignant message to have her pass so simply at the end without a grande finale. I know a lot of the parts at the end "tied up loose endings", but I also felt it tried to show, like GF said, everyone was influenced by Soon-ea in one way or another. Each person will always carry a bit of her in their hearts. She isn't forgotten because they live their lives fully. What better memorial for someone you love than that?
I learned how to better grieve for the loss of my grandmother (who was like a second mother to me). I have found it difficult to accept even after 6 years. I feel like I never really memorialize her well. BUT, I keep forgetting that living the life that she would want me to live is doing just that- memorializing her to the fullest. Making her favorite cookies at holidays and making her proud with how I interact with my family. It has been a long time since a KDrama struck an emotional chord with me. This one will linger in my memories for a long time.

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Ughhhhh the feeeeeeeels.....! ;_; I am so glad I gave this drama a try. I ship those two so hard...but then Gummy-ssi.... hahaha! Its all good. You know a cast did their job when they make everything natural and just so fitting to their characters. Absolutely loved KSG! And I hope IJH gets more recognition after this cus hes so underrated.

All in all, thank you OMG for making my Fri-Sat so fun!!!!! This will definitely be on my marathon - repeat list :))

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The drama was FILLED TO THE PRIM with plot-holes and lacking logic...From the "90% SA" at first to "1% SA" at the end, and from the shivering quivering girl who sees ghosts, to someone who magically transforms into Mis Confidence! If she had this in her all along then why not use (HER) instead of a ghost as motivator for her own change and growth? Why bring the ghost only to make her insignificant in the blink of an eye?

I still don't buy SW/BS relationship at all, nor do I forgive the writher this "unnecessary" heartbreak and neglect of a core character, nor do I accept any of the explanations given to all the crazy illogical occurrences. But as is the case in most KDramas... writers, directors, etc. hope that by wrapping things in the most candy fluff way possible, somehow it gives them leeway to use the most ridiculous and cliched trope-y manner.

I guess to be able to fully enjoy a Korean drama, one must toss their logic out of the window, or hang their brains at the door, even before venturing to watch the first episode!

*Broken record alert*

Yeah the girl the man fell in love with was A DAMN GHOST (why make her a ghost not some distant relative or friend/ or even a twin sister who does NOT see ghosts?) but this doesn't negate the fact that it WAS HER he fell in love with, not that other girl! Eh...I did, do, and will enjoy a JJS/PBY combo in anything i'm sure, but this drama? It was a let down in many ways!

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@OMG=Ghost NOT host

Hey there again! Just to let you know that I feel your pain.

I was surprisingly satisfied by the resolution of the murder mystery (and of course, IJH's acting) in 15 that I actually thought that I was being too harsh on the flaws of the drama. Plus the 16 preview actually gave the impression of a potentially satisfying ending so I was stoked...

Then I watched it.

Unfortunately friend, we are in the minority.

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I hear you and understand how you feel. Also, why title the drama "Oh My Ghost/Ghostess" if you plan on denying and paying no heed to the male lead being in love with a ghost?

Reminds me of Gu Family Book's title and how the drama spent episodes stressing how important the book was. But in the end, it was a red herring of little or no importance.

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"I honesty think that Jo Jung-seek fell in love with Park Bo Young just a little". So true!
Even Stalker got his happy ending and did Edward get fired? Lol. Face 2015 shows, Healer, I Remember You and OMG!

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Oh gosh, the couple scenes in this episode made me all happy and silly.

Jo Jong-seok looks like he is smitten with Park Bo-young. You can see it in their eyes! Love the reunion kiss scene at the end. The chemistry is soo good, they look like a couple who are heads over heels in love with each other.

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Couldn't have said it better myself, girlfriday! Looking forward to their next project!

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"For me I would have been happy if the show ended with SW and BS, arms around each other watching SA go towards the light".

That's exactly what I thought! After Soon Ae dissapeared, I checked the time and was surprised and confused to have more than half episode left. It annoyed me to have everybody happy and moving on while I was still feeling do depressed, I felt dissapointed. And I agree with... Alua, was it? that a kiss would be perfect there to acknowledge the past feelings. It doesn't need to mean he has feelings now, just sth light and symbolic.

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No, it wasn't me, but someone I responded to who suggested that.

I think a kiss would be weird... Although I think it happened too fast, SW's feelings now are for BS, not SA. You don't go kissing an "ex" just so she feels better, that's just weird to me.

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I rarely watch a Korean Drama from start to finish as I tend to roll my eyes a lot at the ridiculousness of a lot of them, but this year I managed to finish three of them, namely Healer, Liar Game and Oh my Ghostess!

I seriously think OMG will win dramabeans award of Best RomCom and Park Bo Young best actress. Hope Park Bo Young do more dramas, I am totally in love with her acting. So effortless! She definitely carried this drama alongside the other cast members. Anyway, any other dramas that you guys recommend? I started watching Yong Pal and Last, which are pretty good. Let's see if I can finish them.

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Even you say that it was too fast- the turnaround of feeling from SW/Sa to SW/BS... so I don't see SA as a 'Ex' yet because nothing was ever resolved.

This is what happened: BS realised that all SW's good/loving/pivotol memories of 'her' were when SA was in control of her body. She told SW the truth. In a single episode, SW reversed his attration/feelings for SA as BS of the previous 9? 10? 11? episodes and declares love for BS, a personality the viewers hardly saw until then. SW convieniently forgets any of the time and he spent with SA. The SW/BS relationship goes on like SW/SA never happened.

*facepalm* I can't even begin...

anyway, So I think a kiss would be ok. If it weirds people out, how about a kiss on the forehead? Something that says "I felt something too... sorry... goodbye"? How about just a tighter hug? I don't know. I'm left hanging with the whole unresolveness of it all!

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Sorry, that was a reply to alua (96.1)

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I agree with you all about the hasty turnaround from SW/SA to SW/BS. Writer Yang Hee-Seung's decision to deflect from the good rapport built up between SW/SA; "glance" over SW & SA's interactions & memories; and the winsome side of their personalities and manners that came to the forefront when they were together remains disregardful and unfortunate. As a consequence, it made the state of order of things underneath the surface seem unresolved.

Chef fell in love with BS's original personality or that BS it played a pivotal role in his character development is a joke - a cop out at best. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but I don't feel flattered that post possession BS's personality was an updated new version of SA - Version 2.0. For me, it made it harder to overlook this and pretend otherwise.

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I agree with you. I'm not buying the turn-around at all, but I think the writers see it that way. SW of ep 16 only has feelings for BS, so no kissing others.

Sure, kiss on the forehead, tighter hug, whatever... but truth be told if I could choose I'd rather have them fix the parts they messed up because then we wouldn't be left with this unresolvedness at all.

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I think the main problem was that the writer did not really establish Chef's initial attraction to Na Bong Sun. If he was so worried about her since the beginning, why did he kick her out of his restaurant when she wanted to crash for the night? Even if he did not like her, a decent person would have worried a little bit sending a young girl out into the night with no place to go. There were just not enough signs that showed us he had some kind of romantic feeling for her (except maybe the blog but that was very vague since he did not know it was her blog). What I saw was him pitying her for being such a weak person and reminding him of his past self. I did not see a hint of love or attraction on his part.

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I was surprised at SJ's appearance at the end, not to mention EH's continuing affection for him. After thinking about it for a while and perusing the thoughtful and insightful comments here, I wanted to share my thoughts. I'll put a little disclaimer here and say that my opinions may be a little too optimistic and idealistic, but here goes! :P

I never really saw SJ as THE antagonist. Rather, the evil spirit was the antagonist. The ending was at first disconcerting for me because we didn't have that cookie-cutter defeat of the antagonist, and we don't really know what became of the evil spirit (which maybe was intentional - there will always be evil in the world, lurking), but it was important that it was no longer inhabiting SJ's body. For me, this means that humans are innately good and is it only succumbing to evil that makes humans bad. SJ showing up at the end was kind of a second chance for him, which (idealistically) implies that everyone - even the "evil" people in the world - can have a second chance. Sure, he did some really messed up things, but everyone does too. We can argue that SJ trying to suffocate his baby brother was evil, but then you can say that he was only doing it as a reaction to his parents, who were also evil then, in completely rejecting and ignoring him once they had their own child. (Evil creates evil kind of thing.) Again, this may be just my typical optimistic and idealistic way of thinking. :)

As for EH showing up and visiting SJ, I still haven't fully created my opinion on that. It's definitely a bittersweet ending for EH, especially from the viewer's point of view, but I thought it made her character so much more complex. All throughout the drama, we saw her as a weak character, but now we see her strength. She has the strength to continue loving and upholding her belief and faith in SJ. It's easy to give up and walk away. Loving and forgiving shows a beautiful strength. And, the way I see it, she is a complete angel. Ironic, because he was literally the devil before. Ha.

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I don't think EH was playing at being a complete angel in the last scene with SH; there are many different and complex emotions that the actress displayed---check out the scene again and focus on her face during it---anger, resignation, pity, etc.--- it's all there in her expressions. She wasn't being an angel, but an all-too-feeling human.

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Thanks as always to jb and gf for the recaps.

I agree with many of the points you two make.

Metaphysical/superstitious storylines need rules that can be measured otherwise viewers may feel duped by lazy writers who just throw in a random event to bridge or close a story. It can become a big letdown for me.

With Korea's known valuing of education the 'going abroad to study' storyline used so often seems a little insulting to Korea in my mind. I know it's a small country, but surely there are deeper learning opportunities available there. Maybe it has to do with the idea that only well-off/special people can travel and so adds to the class cache? What other ways are there to separate lovers that would demonstrate individual growth potentially leading to a stronger union? (Guess I'm assuming that is the reason everyone is sent abroad - always the woman, eh? Hey - maybe I just accidentally hit on it: do Korean women need to get 'out from under' to establish help establish strong personal identities? [I say 'Korean' - I find most of my American women friends are complacent about their independence based on the specious idea that 'we have it better than most women in the world'. Maybe and Ugh.])

I liked the compassion shown to the seriously abused-child Sung-jae character by leaving him alive - while agreeing that he would need to stay locked up for the rest of his life. In real life I don't believe in possession by an alternate entity - in real life it's my opinion that every human is responsible for the consequences of each thought, word and deed. In a fantasy drama where possession is possible, I can suspend disbelief. (Why else do I watch dramas? ;-) ) The failure to develop a better story around the actual denouement of the accident was disappointing as gf pointed out.

I prefer endings that leave openings for more growth needed. So glad we got closure in seeing most of the relationships (I wouldn't mind knowing what Cordon is doing these days :-) ) Bong-sun and Sun-woo were a little too pat for me, as if they were riding off into the sunset to live happily ever after. It might have been nice if we saw them both having to face the challenge of her ability to see ghosts (or something like that) that gave them (and us) more to think about later. But I'm not a writer. LOL. JMO as always.

Cheers.
P.S. My heart *literally ached for 3 days over Eun Shi-kyung. Writing? Acting? or both? I do love Jo Jung-Suk.

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Hi @DramaDazy
Just thought to let you know that I like what you wrote.
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