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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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When Soon-Ae met her Dad and told him to go back...I swear that made me cry just as much as the burial scene in Steel Magnolias.

I really liked this drama. But Jo Jung-suk really made this drama from me. He was gruff and love sick goofy all at the same time.

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I liked everything of the final excepet study abroad. Cant she study and be confident in korea? how can she can leave her love behind alone for 2 years. if that is the same what korean girls do no wonder divorce rate so high.

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I am starting to think that Korean dramas have very little faith in their own country's ability to teach top notch skills. People always have to study abroad to become recognized for their chosen profession or to become more sophisticated. lol I guess, maybe it's more about the distance. It doesn't feel as dramatic if the hero can visit the heroine anytime he likes since she's just studying across the street. lol

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I feel the going abroad thing is to do with the way Korean employers value it. I recall watching a few shows where at job interviews the interview forms of those who mention that they had studied abroad were reviewed more favorably than of those who had not. With this bias in mind, it might be a natural expectation that given the opportunity, young people would debunk from Korean for a spell to get that 'been abroad' experience on their resumes.

However I do agree that in this day and with our technology, being abroad does not really make for being very separated.

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Separate the OTP kdrama trope by having one of them leave to go abroad for a few years...the funny thing is...in some countries, it's good enough just to go to the Eastern, Western, or Northern section of the country.

And what about mandatory military service as a more frequent and realistic reason for separation. I Hear Your Voice was the last time I saw it used in a drama.

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The bit with the rehabilitating Song Jae really left me chilly. It was okay for him to die... No, really. Death isn't always the worst outcome, trust me.

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I know what you mean. I felt that him sacrificing himself like that was his only way of a somewhat noble redemption. It's just one of those things where you feel sorry for what he has become but there was nothing much you can do to save him.

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I agree that his death and the end of the evil spirit was a fitting denouement and should have been left alone.

His highly improbably survival and recovery negated the good effects and some of the good will even, associated with his noble, human (as opposed to evil spirit) sacrifice, and now begs the question of what happened to the evil spirit, since he has survived.

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I absolutely agree! Death would have been more fitting and Eun Hee could have moved on. With him still alive, I feel like Eun Hee is stuck in a place she'll never be able to be free from and how unfair it is for her character. I really wanted to see her blossoming in a new romance!! So disappointed the writer chose this route.

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When will the day come when someone with a handicap or disability like Eun Hee's character is the lead & focal point of the story in a romance drama for all 16, 20, 24, etc. episodes.

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All I've done is read the recaps of the episodes since I haven't had that much time to watch all the episodes yet, but it's already got me at tearing up. I can't imagine how much of the feels I'll feel when I actually watch this. Thanks for the recap!!

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Hi @DramaDazy
Just thought to let you know that I like what you wrote.
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I had fun watching this drama-romance-commedy. I never had other glimpse in other TV or movie of these actors and actresses and I am applauding to all off them from main cast to supporting casts.

I have watched episodes 1-8 thrice and 9-16 yet to watched 2nd time around!

I missed my favorites coffee prince, secret garden, master sun, elegant Hyun Bin, So Ji-Sub and Gong Yoo.

Perfect team up - Park Bo Young and Jo Jung-Suk and he can sing - Oh sweet Chocolate! Waaahhhh

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As much as I loved this drama, I loved the fact that I loved watching it and enjoying it.

I loved all of the characters. All of them.

I loved the structure, the story, the arcs, the characters.

It could have been done better, but that's okay, I still loved it a lot.

And I love GF and JB too.

<3

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Okay, after seeing her with her dad I've lost it and cried my eyes out! What an episode!

Thank you for the recaps!!

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Did anyone get coffee prince /Gonh yoo vibes when Sun woo was crying while holding bong soo, so sweet, its the only part i repeated.
Seo in guk yay?
Subingo ? its like they wanted to say bingo and just added su.
Perfect ending but i wouldn't want to eat in at chef's restaurant, the chefs are so loud.

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Not only loud, but they put their butts and feet up on the tables! Ewww!

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I wish they would have made the study abroad stint shorter. We would still see Sun Woo cry to sleep over Bong Soon only to see that her course was 6 weeks long. It would have been a nice twist to the trope which I also groaned at.

I am really disappointed where they took Eun Hee. Wish they showed her meeting someone new, hanging out with her friends etc. and kept Sung Jae dead. She did not have a big social life before because of her handicap, I would have liked her to work around that.

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I enjoyed this show a lot!

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This drama went from one that I waited with bated breath for the following episode to not really caring to watch the new episodes until a few days later. I blame it on the writing. The most important thing that I need to be able to follow a drama is to maintain my belief and understanding in the world the drama creates. Once my suspension of belief drops, I become a cynic. Despite the talented acting, amazing chemistry (not just between the 2 main actors), and great directing, I just got to a point where I couldn't leap over one more gaping plot hole.

I thought evil spirits don't die. If that's the case, when SJ committed suicide, wouldn't it be him that dies and not the evil spirit (ex, Fallen)?
I thought the real person isn't conscious when the evil spirit possesses them and if so then why did SJ remember all of those moments of kindnesses before he committed suicide but after he survives, he follows the rules of possession again and doesn't remember anything? Heck, why is he even alive in the first place?
When SW was sitting with BS, he asked, so who was the girl I fell for - which implies that he fell for the ghost. But I guess this drama is telling us feelings/love is attached to the physical form and not the emotional form.
I mean I could go on and on. What's sad is that there were a lot of beautiful moments (like SA's dad being able to see SA for the last time) and so many others, but I couldn't be fully emotionally invested because the schizophrenic writing had already turned me off the drama.

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@ Dissenter
Although I accepted the plot holes and contradictions in what spirits can or cannot do, I understand what you feel. I have found that it is often necessary to be able to balance being a cynic analyzing the froth and flaws with being an amused viewer, enjoying the crazy with the better parts. If not, there'd be too few shows to enjoy!!! :D

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Can I just say that So Hyung's boyfriend looks like Officer Choi? HAHAHAHA. Anyway the ending made me so happy. Somehow. I'm happy Soon Ae solved her grudge and her farewell to Chef was saddening. The moment of Bong sun and Chef on the roof top made me so happy. Their chemistry was overflowing and it looked so natural! ? I wouldn't be surprised if they start dating. They'd be the cutest couple ever! And the cameo of (I forgot his name but he was the guy from I Remember You) totally made me go crazy! HE IS SO HANDSOME I SWEAR. And for Eun hee and Sungjae, I never expected he's alive! but i'm happy that they're in good terms although Sungjae cant remember his memories anymore. I hope they get married for real now. I ship them tbh. ❤️

Chef on the other hand is so adorable going crazy about Bong sun not being beside her. Ugh, so much cuteness!! Please be real you two.

Bong got really pretty when she got back!! Ugh Park bo young is really beautiful. Even tho the ending reminds me of Coffee Prince too, I still love this drama. TVN gives nice drama ayeeee.

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WILL. MISS. THIS. SO. DAMN. M U C H

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Hmm.. to me it is strange that so many people were against the "studying abroad" part. Sure, it might not be necessary to go abroad to learn and be a better cook, but I think the important point here is Bong-Sun's independence.

Given a perfectly good opportunity to experience something else from Seoul and her hometown, why should she pass that up? Personal development is exceedingly important even when you are in a relationship. Her relationship with Sun-woo shouldn't limit her chances to learn, travel and explore, not when she's so young and has so much more to learn.

Of course, the not communicating for months part was ridiculous. Being in a long-distance relationship myself because of work/ study reasons, it is important to make an effort to Skype or message regularly. No relationship works without communication.

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I don't think anyone is against Bong-sun gaining independence.

The issue is with that the "study abroad" is that it's used so often and so unrealistically. It tends to come out of the blue (suddenly this is the character's life dream), there's an incredulous opportunity (a full 2-year scholarship for winning third place on some TV competition? Really? Realistically, maybe the first place winner would get a 2 week course with a famous chef in France!), it all happens within days (I swear none of those writers have ever had to deal with visas which are a pain for long-term stays), and, of course, there's this ridiculous insistence on zero to no communication.

Also, there's many ways to get independence. Bong-sun going another city in Korea to train would have allowed her to grow just as much. Because that's the thing: this study abroad trope is a lazy device – it doesn't actually show us at all how a character gain independence, as we generally get "Now boarding the plane" and then "I'm back!" (nearly always a return without informing the boyfriend/girlfriend beforehand... because being picked up at the airport is so lame, right?).

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Am I the only one, who is curious about the evil possessing spirt's back story. What was his gruge, did he try to resolve it before running out of time, was there no hyung shaman trying to help him alone. Was he scared of going dark or did he welcome it? was his gruge because he loved and hated a woman who looked like eun-hee?

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You're not the only one. Many episodes ago I was saying that we need more backstory to understand Sung Jae and the evil spirit, since he was obviously going to be an important character and plot driver in the show. But we only ever got snippets and these remained ambiguous and vague, and therefore unhelpful.

This show is nice and all, but it could have been sooooo much better.

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What they said was that if a ghost doesn't resolve their grudge and move on within 3 years, they lose all memory and personality and become a ball of hate that's just looking for someone to latch on to.

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This drama was such a surprise hit for me. It went under the radar (for me) and when I saw the promotional poster, it didn't peak my interest. After my friend's recommendation, I thought I would give it a try. Once I got the bug, I could not stop watching it. After one weekend of binge watching, I was in so deep! LOVE this drama so much! I will really miss it. I love the two leads and all the supporting actors. Even though, Sung Jae's reappearance was a little shocking and disappointing, I don't think it dented anything about the drama's ending. I can't wait to see more projects from Park Bo Young and Jo Jung Soek. They are both very very charming!

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Personally I felt the possession rules were clear and consistent, as was how they were treating the differences between ghost and evil spirit. They actually teased evil spirits way back in the first episode talking about how they _made_ people do evil things. It was just a matter of seeing how each person actually handled their possession. He's lost his memories, and it sounds like more than the 3 years with Eun Ha; since we saw that Officer Choi got possessed as a late teenager, it's probably that entire chunk of his life. Coupled with him voluntarily taking a dive off the rooftop when he had a few moments of lucidity as the evil spirit tried to re-possess him, I feel it's an ok redemption arc. It's not great for Eun Ha but it's maybe better than completely losing him.

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I was kind of disappointed with the ending of the previous episode where Sung Jae just falls off the building and I thought he had died. It was kinda of a "that's it?" feeling to it after the drama played up how he was a really evil guy pretending to be a good cop only when he needed to keep up appearances. And then he resurfaces in this episode, it just felt a little rushed. I wanted to know how Eun Hee dealt with the discovery that her husband was not who he is. I agree with you on the almost "on-off" switch when Chef was confused with who he was truly in love with because as far as I could tell, it was 100% Soon Ae but then the drama writers were like "Nooo he actually cared a bit for Bong Sun since they first met so that holds more weight than Soon Ae's personality". I was totally expecting a love triangle to form and we did get that for a bit. There was a lot of focus on Soon Ae in the beginning and Bong Sun was just like a prop almost and only after we passed the 12th episode or something did Bong Sun finally get more screen time as herself and not being possessed by Soon Ae.
Feels for the second female lead anyone? I totally wished she could have had a second chance at life or something because her death was just too soon.

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I've enjoyed this drama. The lead and side characters were interesting and fun to watch. Loved the actors/actresses as well. Despite some parts of the story and characters that I'd wish went a different way and the too neatly tied-up into a pretty little bow finale for my taste (yes, I'm looking at you, SJ!), all in all OMG was a fun ride!

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After Edward Seo showed up, I kept searching for him in every scene. Tell me I'm not the only one doing so? LOL~~~

I miss Edward already.

I regrettably couldn't complete even one episode of I Remember You, however I hope In Gookie's next one will be more fun to watch.

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AHHHH!!! I binge watched this drama in literally 2 days... what is school right??

This drama took me from a left turn because I honestly was not expecting it to be that good or unconventional of a romcom. Oh boy was i wrong!! This drama made me cry, laugh hysterically, and squeal at the pure adorableness of the interactions between the two leads. Their chemistry was unbelievable and they didn't make any of the more intimate scenes corny and cringe worthy.

The supporting cast was amazing.. They really are like a family and I wish they let Joon have more lines or interaction with Bong Su! He always acts like an Oppa to her and it's so adorable how caring he was to her in such a non romantic way. It's refreshing how the writers didn't turn them into a love triangle and showed that a man and a woman can care for each other but not be in love. Joon was so good looking I honestly swooned every time he was in screen ;) !!

I totally ship PBY and JJS together but too bad he's taken ): It's been awhile since I've felt the feeling of being lost after a drama had ended.. I just want to see more of their story!!

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a sweet and touching drama . my fav is actually unni ghost buster - she is at turns money minded, hard as nails, scary determined (check out her F1 driving skills going after possessed-policeman-murderer and 100m dashes after SA), emotional wreck (all that wailing at the ocean when SA left) and all adorable ringlets. Especially love her Mary Poppin's umbrella lol!

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its great that lately kdrama has return to their 16 episodes! yaaay!!!
so no more useless drag, slowmo, flashback, replaying old episodes like a 20s episodes drama. so its great! once again. yay! that makes this drama ends nicely and doesnt make you hangry with useless additional episodes.

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This drama is too perfect. I cannot T.T I am having extreme Separation Anxiety with Chef and Bong Sun. I wish it was 20 episodes!

Few parts were unbelievable but doesn't matter at all. i.e. Ahjussi almost died because of cerebral hemorrhage when he didn't even fall. Meanwhile, Officer Choi is alive when he fell down with a pool of blood in his head after.

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I'm still not done watching the show but the ending sounds pretty good.I think PBY is a really great actress that will only get better with time,can't wait to see her in more dramas.Her portrayal of BS and SA was delighting to watch.Luv her,luv her,luv her.

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Is there a site where can I download the raw format of this series?

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My belief and understanding of SungJae is different from most. I felt like the writers intention was to show him as sooo very unfortunate as a child, just like BongSun and SunWoo. 1. he was traumatized in his youth, being adopted into a family that was finally blessed with a child of their own, he was then abandoned by those parents. 2. then suffered greatly by neighborhood bullies. 3. In his weakened condition, from getting beat up, he became possessed by an evil spirit that gradually took over his life. 4. As an adult he was unfortunate enough to meet his adopted father at a mandatory traffic stop, emotionally beat up again by that man he set out to kill him, but he didnt. 5. he got back in his car and was overcome with grief of his "lot" in life. 6. he accidentaly ran over EunHee, got out of the car, again traumatized at the realization of what had just happened 7. then we see the evil spirit swirling around him again, getting stronger in its possession, he drives over her again. no longer himself, he kills SoonAe. 8. the good guy in him then saves EunHee from killing herself and marries her, probably out of guilt, 9. but thru the years the evil spirit, just gets stronger and stronger and his offenses get worse and worse. 10. in the end of the drama, the evil spirit is ejected by the shaman, just long enuf for him to realize he has been possessed. 11. the evil spirit retreats back to its host, and SungJae heroically, decides to walk off the building in an attempt to kill himself and trap the evil spirit forever. 12. he was blessed with no memory. 13. he was in a lockdown prison hospital and his wife kept her promise to him by lovingly staying by his side. 14. Justice served!
This is what makes sense to me.
Overall, this drama was terrific, with just the most perfect, adorable love story.

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One of the few TV series that you will remember all the main and support actors. Each one one of them portrayed a good stories - from NBS, chef, Euu Hee, Officer Choi, the chefs esp Joon who done a small part enough to send a war against chef. hahahaha

KSY and PBY should have a future drama together but off course Chef I want him too but after watching OMG I watched his movies and other drama series even his musicals posted online and he is so good. I also watched PBY's all movies and series and she's good also. i want more of them.

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I'm happy with the happy ending but disappointed as well.
The rest of the scene about bong sun competition, studying oversea and all feel like a stretch...
Seo in Guk as cameo was fun though....

Instead of Bong sun life, i prefer to see how soon ae fare further...-well we all know that bong sun will be happy and all with sun woo-
I just hope to see soon ae maybe in heaven meeting another male angel....make trouble with others by her random behavior....
haha...just to make sure she really enjoy her life after all.

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That's a lovely idea for a spinoff ~ Soon Ae's Second Life (in a Heaven that's like Earth, only better, with no artificial angst, maddening plotholes, contrived obstacles, etc.).

Many thanks to all for the brilliant recaps & the illuminating comments.

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I think he fell in love with that ghost.See his expression when Soon Ae saying her farewell?He's about to cry.:(

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aw I'm so sad. I loved this drama until this episode. How did they allow that bad man who killed my heroine to live? He already jumped off the roof. The type of head injury he had? And the fact that he's up and talking?? He even had a stab wound! Who called the ambulance?! It doesn't make sense! How did he survive?! We saw all that blood gush out of his head!

My girl ran for her life so scared of the man she once had a crush on...and to then see him drown her in the bathtub! Plus all the suffering her father went through. That was just too much for me. I can't believe they let him live.

I only just finished the episode, so if I'm super dramatic, I apologize. lol But to me SA was the heart of the show. Once she left, I found the episode so uninteresting. I wish it ended with her going towards the light instead. She was my favorite character.

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Sorry, I need to vent a little more lol.

I don't like what they did with EH. Ok yes, he saved you from killing yourself and married you. He treated you well while you were married. However, he ran you over with his car. He killed the girl who witnessed it. He killed his partner! He kidnapped your brother's girlfriend!

You deserve to spend your time with your friends and meet a partner who is honest and trusting. Don't waste your life visiting that murderer and arranging him flowers. Ok sorry, I'm done. lol

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I'm really curious with the song the chefs sang to Bong Sun before she goes to the competition. Anyone knows?
I like how witty and cute they sang the song ^^

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Soon ae's goodbye scene with dad... I kind of think it imitate cinderella's sister, so no tears on me, already drought out for CS... But I really like oh my ghost, good one

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I'm going voting crazy!

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drama of the year , at least for me :)

watching over and over again for finale episode, the writer give a happy ending - worthy watched couple times.

anybody realize when BS and KW kiss in final episode, in third kiss BS call him oppa not chef? but when they comes to do "d-day" BS call him chef again?

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars from me ❤ love every minute of this drama!

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ah.. somebody~ anybody~ everybody~~~~ i need to know the title of the song that the boys were singing when they sent Na Bong away to the competition~~ pretty please~~~~

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I love dis drama to the moon, its my first time seeing Park bo young in a drama, and may I just say she's a lurk of charm, she's was full of charisma in a way in dis drama, and she's like super cuteeee, I would like to see her Starr in another drama as the female lead, loved d drama sooooo much. it may just be my favorite drama of d year....... buh I can say for sure until I watch d others, mask! get over here! let's see wah I've got.

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Are we just going to gloss over the fact that this ending is a complete rip off of a certain drama? A girl that works at a restaurant with four other guys and is dating the boss ends up becoming more independent and living for herself, at the end she goes to study abroad and comes back and surprises her boyfriend who has been waiting anxiously. My goodness I get the feeling this is familiar. Oh right, because I saw this like 5 years ago when I saw Coffee Prince. @[email protected]

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There were many scenes that were taken from Coffee Prince.

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I'm super glad I finished this drama. I had been watching it so slowly, taking long breaks between episodes.
I was distracted by other, newer dramas. But this show really moved along in the last few episodes.

I'm mostly pleased with the finale too. I cried so much during the first half. So many tears from different characters, but the goodbyes were done well. Everyone and every part of the main cast were wrapped up nicely, but I did not like seeing the reappearance of Sung Jae. I thought he really died and that was the end of his story in the previous EP. That was enough closure for me.

Park Bo Young and Jo Jung Seok were such a cute couple! Their chemistry was awesome to see. ^^

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I'm a late bloomer (and I still can't believed that I missed this show during its airtime) but it's better than not being able to watch it at all. It's one of those dramas that I'm having a hard time to say goodbye to its characters that I had to watch it again over and over... Well, mostly fast forwarding to Na Bung Soon and Kang Sun Woo's scenes.

Honestly, I feel a little jealous for NBS that I have to confirm (and convince) myself when did KSW really started to pay much attention to her. I had to review their every scenes and I'm happy to find out that it was actually after she collapsed from high fever (the first time SSA finally got out from being stucked with NBS' body). KSW got too worried after that so he gave her the storage room. Even the cooking lessons were also because of NBS when he saw how scared she was spilling/wasting the flour in the process. And I love that all the scenes that KSW expressed that he liked NBS were those when she's not possessed because he particularly liked her natural state. It would have been nicer if KSW's confession about finally being able to end his lingering feelings to his long time love was also told to the unpossessed NBS.

I wish there's a drama comeback to this loveteam JO JUNG SEUK and PARK BO YOUNG!!!

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This is a verya late addition to comments. I'm currently watching this on Netflix in North America.
It's an amazing drama that I'm enjoying immensely.
I have a question about who are the people who will watch this, or any K-Drama, for that matter. I get the impression that the majority/vast majority/all(??) of the comments are from women. (I have only read a small selection of the comments). The think is, I'm male and in my 60s!! I feel the need to keep my identity closely guarded to avoid the pitch fork, burning torch mob from coming to sort me out.

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You're not alone! I've met many male K-Drama watchers here on DB. ? The majority of us are female (I assume because internationally Korean romances/rom-coms are the most well-known, which tend to be targeted towards women, even though the industry offers much more than that). However, people of all ages, genders, races, etc watch K-Dramas! Don't feel that you have to hide! Is this the first Korean show that you have watched? Just curious! If so, welcome to the addiction, haha.

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The Sung-Jae appearance shocked me too, but I'm sure the writers were aiming for the audience to blame it on the evil spirit. After all, he was an orphan. He was adopted and his new parents found their new baby more lovable than him, he felt abandoned all over again and that's when the evil spirit was able to take over. So most likely, the evil spirit has been controlling him since he was a teenager. The shaman woman did mention that evil spirits are different and can essentially "become one" with the human that they possess.

He almost attacked his ex-adoptive father, but stopped: these were most likely his moments of clarity, the same as when he threw himself off the ledge. He never wanted to do any of it, but the evil spirit preyed on his insecurities and fed off of his fear that no one will love him and that he didn't need love. So on that note, I can see why Eun Hee would forgive him. Remember she's also very insecure, she was ready to take her life before she met Sung-Jae (which we can assume is the real one because the spirit would've let her die) and she's mentioned before that she has a weak, loving heart in the past.

I agree on the back story. It was building blocks, there were so many unanswered questions like 'who is the evil spirit?' The shaman mentioned that there's a "radar" of sorts that matches two people perfectly, so what are the chances that the evil spirit was an orphan too? Or that the spirit was abandoned or mistreated when it was human? Because if you compare it to Soon-ae, you'll see that the evil began spilling out of her when she was jealous and felt threatened.

Honestly, they could make a whole mini-series with all the questions they left. I personally want Sung-Jae's entire backstory, the past life of the evil spirit and more stories of the other chefs.

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That was a good show. I am going to look up some of the actors to watch more that they were in. I was happy when the goodbyes were over and the show got happy, and then Bong Sun said goodbye again. I could have done without that. But, overall, good ending. (I still want to know what happened to Officer Kang though. Did she live?)

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Okay but real question, what song did they sing for her before the competition?

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Can someone tell me how much time was Shin (The ghost) wandering for after her death, before she entered Bong's body ?

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