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Oh My Ghostess: Episode 9

…and we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming! Thanks for being patient while we got recaps out, since our KCON weekend took a huge chunk out of the recapping schedule. But I’m happy to be back on track with Oh My Ghostess, which continues to bring on the funny while pushing our characters on toward growth. Our ghost is as indefatigable as ever, but turns out even the dead have a few things to learn about respect, and I’m glad to see that strides are made. Everything gets a little more entangled and complicated, but in a good way.

 
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EPISODE 9 RECAP

Soon-ae steps out of Bong-sun’s body as Sun-woo is kissing her, which means Bong-sun awakens in the moment and is rendered speechless and wide-eyed. Frazzled, she excuses herself and hurries out, trying to get her thoughts in order.

Thankfully Sun-woo follows her out, wanting to talk this out and arrive at some kind of understanding. He’s flustered by his own actions and stammers awkwardly, but tells her that this isn’t a mistake—he means it for real.

He grabs her tight in a hug and blurts, “I don’t know whether it’s from the start, or when you changed and pursued me, or yesterday, or today. But one thing I’m sure of—I keep missing you, and when you’re not next to me I’m uneasy.”

Then he pulls back to look at her stunned face and bursts out, “So what the hell—let’s go for it.”

He asks her to say something, and Bong-sun clumsily fumbles for words; she reflexively bows and says, “Th-thank you.” She tries again to say something, but he interprets her response as okay, asking if she likes him back. She nods and replies, “Yes, Chef.”

He pulls her in for a softer hug this time, and from a short distance, Soon-ae watches, looking rather morose. She tells herself to get a grip, since she’s a ghost (“You’re not Na Bong-sun!”), which is interesting. Is she feeling envy?

As they clean up the restaurant together, Sun-woo takes over mopping duties from Bong-sun, lifting her up onto the counter to seat her there as he cleans. Noticing her still-wet hair, he brings the fan close to ostensibly dry it for her, smiling uncontrollably all the while. They just grin at each other bashfully like adorable lovesick fools.

Officer Sung-jae gets a call that his partner, Officer Hwang, had an accident, and rushes to the hospital. Officer Hwang was the man in charge of Eun-hee’s hit-and-run case, so she and her mother are worried to hear of it.

Sung-jae seems genuinely shocked to hear of his partner’s condition; he was found unconscious in the parking lot, his phone and wallet taken, and there was no CCTV footage to see what happened. But the ominous mood grows darker the longer we linger on Sung-jae’s reaction…

Bong-sun heads to her room, pinching her cheek to make sure this is real. Sun-woo thumps on their shared wall, telling her to sleep well and dream of him, “But that’s not an order, it’s a suggestion.” She agrees to, and he goes to bed giddy.

Soon-ae joins Bong-sun to ask how it felt to hear his confession. Bong-sun admits to fearing that it’s all only a dream, but Soon-ae chirps that they’re well on their way to their win-win solution, where the ghost resolves her grudge and Bong-sun gets her man. Soon-ae tells her to trust her, and they fist-bump.

In the morning, it’s Soon-ae in the body who greets Sun-woo as he steps out of his room. He looks dead tired, though he says of course he slept well: “Why, did you think I’d be unable to sleep because I was so excited?” Well, I think that now.

She just grins and points out that his eyes are bloodshot. He tells her that they should take care to keep this quiet around the other employees, and she assures him that she has that much control.

At work, though, he struggles to keep his poker face on, which is difficult with Soon-ae tagging along like an adoring puppy. The others wonder what their deal is, and he tells her almost panickedly not to be so obvious, a warning she blatantly disregards while sending aegyo-filled text messages.

Sun-woo tries to remain professional but calls her outside to chide her for the distractions. She wheedles cutely at him about how she wants to do something for their first day as a couple, suggesting an overnight outing—and if they should happen to run out of things to do, they could always duck into a motel to “get some sleep,” wink-wink.

Sun-woo half-finds her behavior adorable, but he also sticks firm to what he feels is appropriate and says that he wants to treat the relationship seriously and thoughtfully. She pouts at the constant put-offs, but he says that if she wants to date him, she can’t rush ahead all on her own; she has to match his slower tempo.

The medium unni arrives outside the restaurant as Soon-ae is heading in, and hurries to assure her that she’s not here to capture her. So they sit down for a chat, and mostly the unni wants to check that Soon-ae’s mission is going well. She’s excited to hear that they’re dating, and Soon-ae says it’s practically a done deal and she’ll for sure earn her passage onward from ghost-dom. Unni admits to letting Soon-ae get away on purpose, and since she’d be in huge trouble if that got out, she urges her to succeed no matter what.

Sun-woo’s mom calls out Unni to ask about a worrying dream she had about Sun-woo, asking what it means that he was wandering in a field of dead flowers. Unni says it’s not a bad dream—in fact, splendid flowers would be a warning sign, while dead flowers indicate keeping misfortune at bay. Mom is thrilled and relieved, though I’m not convinced Unni’s being straight with her.

Sung-jae looks decidedly shifty as he enters Officer Hwang’s hospital room and reaches down toward the oxygen mask on his face. He pulls back immediately when Officer Hwang’s sister enters, though she hurries out to get a doctor when her brother stirs awake. Sung-jae tells him that he’s in the hospital and asks if he remembers what happened to him, and relaxes when his partner replies no.

Sung-jae is all solicitousness now and reaches over to mop Officer Hwang’s face with a handkerchief… and his left wrist comes into the man’s direct sightline. This triggers a memory of his attack, and the arm that wore that same watch.

After the restaurant closes, the staff heads home, blurting excuses to go home to avoid being roped into another night out with sous chef Min-soo. Min-soo accepts this tonight, but makes vague references to something happening tomorrow.

Sun-woo texts Bong-sun for a date tonight, and Soon-ae jumps to get ready, deciding she can make “it” happen with or without an overnight trip. He takes her to a fancy restaurant for dinner, though the date is partly another cooking lesson. He gets a little jealous when Soon-ae takes a bite and exclaims that it’s delicious, asking, “More than my cooking?” She angles for some skinship by playing footsie under the table and then moving to sit next to him, but disappointedly complies when he tells her to go back to her seat.

As they climb into his car, Sun-woo gets nervous when Soon-ae gets all into his space, though she says innocently that she’s just putting his seatbelt on for him. He seems to like that, but he jumps when she leans over to supposedly brush something off his clothing—and while we don’t see what (or where) that is, I’ve got a pretty good guess based on the way he yelps, “Where are you touching?!” He stops the car, all rattled and wound up, and when he starts to scold her, Soon-ae retorts that she’d like him to follow through and scold her.

He’s ready to return home for the night, but she insists that they have to do more on their first date. He agrees to go for some shaved ice, following Soon-ae as she leads him along… to a motel. She feigns surprise and fakes leg pain to get him to agree to go inside, and now he looks genuinely upset and pulls her aside for a serious talk.

He asks why she likes him, half-disbelieving that he even has to ask, “Is it me you like, or my body?” Soon-ae says she likes both, and that it’s not strange for young, healthy couples to want to have sexual relations. He says he’s conservative when it comes to relationships (Soon-ae hangs her head at that) and that there should be some kind of a progression, not jumping ahead from the start.

“It’s because I like you!” she says. “If you like me, you should be cautious,” he replies.

Soon-ae points out that he was the one who kissed her and is now talking about progression, and huffily steps away to (sarcastically) respect his wishes.

Sung-jae returns home in good spirits since his crime is safely undiscovered (or so he believes), and starts to open a bottle of wine. Eun-hee sighs over the criminal, saying that heaven will send its punishment, and not one second later Sung-jae cuts his finger on the bottle opener. When she reaches to check on it, he flings her arm aside so hard it takes her aback, and he apologizes and suggests a late-night walk.

Eun-hee talks about how it was nice to meet up with her university friends, reminiscing on how good that time was. She comments that Sung-jae doesn’t speak much of himself, and asks how it was growing up in an orphanage, and being adopted multiple times.

He says simply that he was never there, and in a flashback, we see him being neglected by his adoptive parents, who barely spare a glance for him and coo over a newborn baby instead. He hovers over the crib with a stuffed toy in his hands, like he’s about to suffocate the child, but he draws back when Dad enters. Dad grows angry and hits him, shoving him out of the room and, presumably, out of the family, because Sung-jae lands back at the orphanage, where he gets into a brutal fight with another boy.

Later, he lies battered on the ground in pain when a black mist materializes next to him… and then the flashback ends.

Eun-hee wonders, “Three years ago, if I hadn’t met you at the hospital, and so I didn’t regain the desire to live again, what would have happened? I probably wouldn’t be here now, would I?”

Sung-jae agrees, and we get a flashback to that encounter: Eun-hee, dressed in a hospital gown, struggles to get over the railing of the rooftop. Sung-jae hurries forward to grab her, ignoring her cries of “Leave me to die!”

Present-day Eun-hee reminds him that he’d told her then that people don’t all live or die as they want. She asks what he meant, and he says he doesn’t remember.

As Sun-woo and Soon-ae arrive back home, she pointedly keeps her distance, honoring his conservative wishes, and hammers in the point by speaking in elaborate sageuk speech like a servant to a king, bidding him good night. He says she doesn’t know how he feels, and in his own room, he tells himself with effort that he can do it—he can hold back and endure.

Next door, Soon-ae’s ranting about Sun-woo’s frustrating conservativism, which is an unexpected obstacle to her plan. Bong-sun, on the other hand, thinks it makes him appealing—his seriousness and sense of responsibility—though Soon-ae doesn’t appreciate her siding with her thwarter.

Bong-sun perks up when Sun-woo calls out to her from outside, though Soon-ae instructs her to play a little hard to get. So she just peeks out the door to look at him, though she doesn’t do anything further.

In the morning, the assistant chefs realize that today is the sous chef’s birthday, which explains his veiled comments yesterday. This is worrying news, because they know Min-soo will want the whole birthday shebang—a party, congratulations, expensive gifts. The guys suggest flat-out denial as a tactic, and agree to feign ignorance rather than get roped into some elaborate mess.

Min-soo skips into work in high spirits, humming the Happy Birthday song and hinting about seaweed soup. He chuckles to himself expecting a surprise around every corner, and snaps at everyone once he realizes it’s not in the plan.

The disappointment puts him in full drill sergeant mode, taking issue with every little detail like messy hair and long nails and excessive height (“What are you, a model? You punk, go get a bowl cut or go to a plastic surgeon and get uglier!”). The assistants suffer through the tirade, sticking to their plan, but suppose that it may be easiest to just give Min-soo something and be done with it.

Joon speaks up, saying that he received a clothing order in the mail this morning, and a freebie belt came with it. What if they give that as a gift?

So while Min-soo fumes about how he’ll make everyone work like beasts today, they come in singing and present him with the gift. Min-soo brightens and opens the gift, making them tense when he asks if it’s fake leather (which it is) before laughing that he knows it’s totally real. He even asks if it’s too expensive, and he feels so great that he offers to treat them later (and happily takes Sun-woo’s credit card when offered).

Soon-ae’s dad and brother Kyung-mo head home after grocery shopping, and Kyung-mo complains about the tedious errands until Dad replies that Soon-ae did them all the time. As they cross a bridge, Dad pulls out an apple and places it on the railing—Soon-ae liked apples, and this is for her. Dad looks mournful as he asks why “the bad kid” did it, and Kyung-mo takes his hand in support. Hm, did Soon-ae jump and commit suicide? Yet Sung-jae sees them a short distance away, and the tone grows darker, suggesting more to the story.

Sung-jae insists on giving them a ride in his car and ushers Dad along. As he looks down, he sees Dad’s shoelace tied in a distinctive knot—and thinks of when Soon-ae did that for him once (before she’d died). When Sung-jae comments on it, Dad replies that Bong-sun was the one who tied this lace. This certainly strikes Sung-jae as odd.

After the restaurant closes, the staff heads out to celebrate Min-soo’s party. They invite Sun-woo along and he starts to consider it, but Soon-ae pipes up (still peevish at him for rejecting her advances) that he won’t want to, since he’s so conservative and all. Sun-woo goes with it, but looks pitifully sad about it. Aww.

As the group goes, Sung-jae watches from a distance, taking particular interest in Bong-sun.

They gorge on chicken and beer, and at one point Bong-sun slips away. Joon goes out looking for her and finds her whispering to a motorcycle light drunkenly. He laughs at her cuteness, and sits her down in a chair while she asks him for guy advice “about my friend” whose boyfriend didn’t like when she made advances. She asks if guys generally dislike it when the girl makes a move, and Joon replies that it’s one of two things: He doesn’t find her pretty, or he likes her so much he wants to wait and build trust. The first type of guy is ordinary, but the latter is a really decent guy.

Soon-ae wails in frustration that it’s super confusing and she doesn’t know which it is. Joon speculates that it’s the latter: “You’re pretty.” She protests that it’s about her friend, and he advises her friend not to let him slip away and regret it.

Then he says that she isn’t touchy-feely with him these days: “You must’ve worked out your affection-deficiency problem.” Aw, does he think she’s talking about him?

At home, Sun-woo checks in on the Sunshine blog, wondering why she hasn’t updated lately. He wonders why the kids are out so late, and we cut to the party, which has moved to a noraebang. They move through the usual progression of upbeat pop songs to the love ballads, which ends with Joon and Soon-ae singing together, heads resting against each other, looking super-cute in a problematic way.

Sun-woo gets antsy waiting for Bong-sun to return home, and grumbles at the stream of credit card confirmation texts he gets, letting him know they’re still out and having fun. He idles in his room, pacing and passing the time fitfully, waiting waiting waiting.

And just as he’s really getting upset, he gets one last text: A bill from a motel. Frantic, he calls Bong-sun and yells at the phone to pick up, and finally gets a drunk Min-soo on the line. The guys have crashed there, and Bong-sun has “gone to shower.” Cut to: Sun-woo running down the street until he gets to the motel.

Everyone’s passed out dead drunk, and he rouses Soon-ae and tries to usher her out quietly. He picks her up and carries her out, anxious to get out undetected. Once outside, she’s so loud and boisterous that he ends up picking her up again and carrying her off, feeding her water to sober her up at a convenience store.

She’s still snappish, and says he should have come with them if he’s so bothered, and he reminds her that she was the one who told him not to come. She says he totally didn’t read the situation right, and that it’s no big deal to crash with dudes in a motel room when none of them even think of her as a woman. Sun-woo bursts out, “Why aren’t you a woman? You’re such a woman that it makes me uneasy to death.”

He says she doesn’t know men, and that they can change in a second, and that she’d better stick to him like glue from now on because he can’t handle the anxiety. She notes that he’s always flip-flopping, having pushed her aside before, and Sun-woo returns, “Cancel the first one. Stick to me from now on.”

She’s only too happy to, and sidles up to his side and clings to his arm, sighing how nice this is. They walk back hand-in-hand, with him ordering her to stand even closer, and she cheerfully obliges. She asks if he doesn’t want to have sex, or if he’s just holding back the urge, and he sorta roundabout-ly answers that he’s a man too.

He takes her hand and says, “Let’s start like this. And let’s go slowly, for a long, long time, Na Bong-sun.”

 
COMMENTS

Aw, I find Sun-woo’s emotional progression to be really sweet, enough that in the first half of the episode I found Soon-ae’s chirpy disregard for his wishes to be annoying, and on the verge of advancing to deeper antipathy. But this show does have a knack of giving you a look into a character’s flaws and then tempering that with a solid dose of growth, whether it’s the annoying-but-amusing Min-soo or the miniature-bulldozer-in-pink that is Soon-ae’s force of will.

I really enjoy the character of Soon-ae as a ghost (that is to say, when she’s outside of the host body) because there’s an inherent pathos in being a disembodied spirit—when someone has physical presence, there’s an automatic significance to their being, and you feel that absence when they’re drifting without a physical form to take shape in. I feel the ticking clock and pressure of her situation (fearing turning into a malevolent ghost) when she’s outside of the body because she’s powerless in the most literal way when she has no form.

But you put her in the body, and as freaking adorable as her antics are, there comes a point when it wears on your nerves to see her ignoring feelings in her single-minded pursuit. It’s funny that I desperately want her to solve her grudge when she’s a ghost and to use any means necessary because I feel for her desperation, but when she’s actually doing that it sometimes rubs me the wrong way. Which is why it’s such a relief to see the little moments when she’s taken aback by someone’s sincerity, when she stops to listen to what Sun-woo is saying and is affected by those words.

That’s the key reason I haven’t lost my love of Soon-ae, because her flaws are depicted in the context of growth. I don’t want my characters acting like paragons all the time—that’s the pitfall of the Candys and perfect Prince Charmings who made for honorably boring leads in dramas past. Characters are allowed to do problematic things because in no way does the drama position such behavior as ideal, or aspirational. It’s particularly moving to me that Sun-woo’s refusal to just sleep with her on Date 1 is based in his desire to make this relationship the long-lasting kind, rather than a flash in the pan.

It’s rather funny to see how this drama has flipped the stereotypical dynamic in the relationship with the man insisting on slow progress and chasteness, while the woman presses for greater physical intimacy, pushing beyond his comfort level. If it were played purely for humor I’d balk at it, because I bristle to see someone so obviously uncomfortable at being pressured into doing something they’re not comfortable with, even if he’s the man, the boss, and the elder half of the relationship. Soon-ae’s behavior does dance along that line between humorous and uncomfortable, because it’s not enough to say that she’s a harmless tiny woman who can’t really hurt anyone. But I’m hoping the drama’s doing more than just having a laugh by flipping a familiar dynamic around; Soon-ae is meant to be adorable as she whines for sex, but the emotional line shows a thoughtful respect of Sun-woo’s wishes that makes this less of a sticking point for me. For now.

I’m curious to see how the drama progresses in showing Soon-ae’s feelings in this whole scheme, because thus far her emotions have been mostly reserved for her family; she hasn’t shown a deeper level of emotion about the romance/sex/grudge side of things. Is she starting to confuse herself with Bong-sun—or more specifically, is she confusing Sun-woo’s feelings for Bong-sun as Sun-woo’s feelings for herself? I wouldn’t blame her because it’s a messy tangle they’re all in now, and the feelings are only deepening all around. It’s a good kind of angst, because I feel like they’ve earned their angst and want to see them finding a way to rise above the transgression (because it is a transgression of trust) and work their way out of the tangle.

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squee!!! Just saying :)

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Literally me within the first 5 minutes LOL.

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Thank you for the recap! I really liked this ep. Chef in love is so adorable! And GB unni you are right, Chef does do a lot to protect BS (I love the way he calls her “Na Bong!” There is usually tenderness [or at times concern] in his voice, when he calls her name). Man!!!! The way he confessed to her (“it’s not a mistake! It’s not a mistake this time!”), how nervous he looked, while confessing. How his voice was trembling (he did the same thing in YATBLSS. JJS is soooo good at this confession thing). The way he looked at her, and then asked her to respond. I loved the way he sought reassurance from her, that she liked him too. Awww… Poor Chef, it was his 1st time confessing to someone he loved, and he didn’t want to be left hanging. I also loved his “when someone like me [the great and mighty SW] confesses, you have to say something” (or something along those lines). And the hugs, I loved the hugs!!! The 2nd time around, he hugged her like he didn’t want to let her go *Swoon* I love how smitten SW is with BS, how he hovers over her (with the fan in the kitchen, for example). JJS makes watching a man fall in love so endearing, and touching, and adorable.

I have to confess that I simply love every time that JJS is on the screen. He is so good at playing his character, and showing the feelings that MW has at the time, even when the camera is not specifically on him. And I love his chemistry with PBY as well (and with the comedian-actress, like when she touches his face, for example). He actually has great chemistry with everyone in the drama.

I appreciated that SA left BS’s body during the kiss, though like many commenters, I wish BS could experience more of her (romantic) interactions with SW, especially since SW thinks that BS is the only being he is interacting with, and talking to. Having said that, I also remember that BS did invite (or rather asked) SA to be in her body, AND make SW hers. To what extent, does BS even know? (Like would BS really be OK going all the way with SW, when she doesn’t even know it is about to happen, or it is actually happening?) Because things are getting murky now.

I didn’t like it, when SA told BS not to go out (when SW called her outside), and BS just did as SA asked her to. SW does not deserve that. I do love that SW is honest with BS (“I am a man, don’t you know that [I am attracted to you as well]?” “I see you so much as a woman that I worry about you, [when you are with other guys]” etc…), and yet protective of her still, even against himself. @ GB unni, to me that shows that SW has some self-control, but also as Joon put it, that he values BS enough to want to wait, taking it slow, so they can both enjoy and savor each step of their journey. I loved what SW said about “having indigestion, if you have too much of the food you like, too fast” (which is true). Also, it is probably the 1st time dating for both, so why rush it? (Besides the fact that SA has limited time, which SW does not know).

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JJS makes watching a man fall in love so endearing, and touching, and adorable. <-- agreed!

Even in YATBLSS and the movie he was in with Shin Min A, he has that so 'nervously in love' look. I adore him!

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@ lea,

About this, "JJS makes watching a man fall in love so endearing, and touching, and adorable," you saw that too, didn't you? :-) Another thing I love about JJS's acting, is that when I am watching him, I don't feel like I am watching him act. It's more like I am watching the character he is playing and believing that he is that character.

I haven't seen his movie with Shin Min-ah (sp?), however I remember his "so nervously in love look," in YATBLSS (once when he confessed, and kissed her [in ep.39 or 40], and the 2nd time, when he was looking for her [and was worried about her], when she found out the truth about her dad's death or something like that). The way he would look at IU, Hm... (So well done). He did the same thing by the way, in TK2Hs, with the princess in ep. 6 (I think), when it was clear that his character was falling in love with the princess. And he is doing it again here :-) So swoon worthy, when he does that.

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His movie with Shin Min-ah is not very good. Disappointingly cliché and parts don't make much sense. (The acting is okay.)

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Hi Ivoire!!!

I've got to come to this thread rather late but I'm so chuffed to see myself being addressed even in my absence! :) Thanks so much, my dear for always thinking of me.

About him being protective... the part where he put her on the kitchen counter and brought out the fan... he was saying things like "you can catch cold", "I must be truly be bewitched by you" - so true!!! And drying her hair for her... "you little chestnut," patting her head, "you look like a puppy" ... somehow this part sounded a bit too much like a doting parent rather than a lover LOL!

However earlier it was swoonworthy...

"Man!!!! The way he confessed to her"
Yes, this was one wonderful confession. It was acted perfectly by JJS, whom I agree with you does not appear to be acting but was totally in character...having those feelings... behaving naturally under the circumstances.

The quaver in his voice, his earnestness, desperation to be believed genuine... and then pulling BS in for a hug to calm her hiccups and assure her of his seriousness.

"I love how smitten SW is with BS, ... JJS makes watching a man fall in love so endearing, and touching, and adorable."
Spot on, on JJS. Makes all of us girls jealous that we can't get that kind of confession LOL! (The last great confession that comes to my mind is in K2H btw)

"I appreciated that SA left BS’s body during the kiss, ..."
This part is a question mark to me... it still seems to me each time I watch that kiss, that SA did not actually intend to leave BS. She seemed to be surprised to be out and none too pleased. I'm not entirely convinced she did it voluntarily, but nevermind.

What would make the confession perfect would have been Bong Sun taking that opportunity to be honest with Chef. I knew it would not happen, however, an honest confession, I feel, deserves an honest response as well.

"To what extent, does BS even know? (Like would BS really be OK going all the way with SW, ... things are getting murky now."
Sadly, it seems we are not to be given much of BS's trajectory or thoughts on the matter. Once her permission was given, she could be shunted to one side to let Soon Ae (yes she is the main character in the show, but still the side characters need not be flat!) take over any which way she chose. The writers may not be developing much more for BS unless the last 4-6 episodes change the host-ghost dynamics.

"I do love that SW is honest with BS (“I am a man, don’t you know that [I am attracted to you as well]?”,... and yet protective of her still, even against himself."
It is good that he values her as a person even as she is trying to use him as an object, however it would be even better if he could wait (I know she won't) for the fullest of commitments before going all the way. That is really the way of true love. :)

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I do love all the flirting that takes place in this ep. (and the skinship), and how good PBY is, at acting like the ghost (and the actress playing the ghost), down to imitating her voice. Her acting overall is simply excellent.

And Joon, Oh Joon! I wish you would have a love interest of your own, by the time the drama is over, though I am not sure that will happen. Great piece of advice to BS, however. And the both of you do look good together. Awww… and Joon knows what is going on between SW and BS (when he told her, “so YOU and ...” and BS corrected him “no, my friend...”. That was too late though). I LOLed when SW’s mom reminded him to use some protection with BS. The woman is not wrong about things (potentially) going bad, when a boss and his employee date. Her comment about “you are a man who experiences stress, you need to relieve it somehow” (or something along those lines) made me smile, especially because she was saying that to SW (considering who and how he is). As I said earlier, I enjoyed this ep.

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I find SW's mom annoying. Okay, she's harmless but who is she to give relationship advice to anyone? It's not like she minded her own advice, and it's pretty obvious that Sun-woo has a much more cool and collected personality compared to hers so he really doesn't need her advice. You'd think she'd know as his mom that he'd be the last person to have quickie relationships and not use protection.

Also found her attitude towards Bong-su not being at the "right level" (i.e. not good enough) off-putting. (This may be in ep 10, I can't remember now...)

I know she's just supposed to be comic relief, but....

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what i don't like the most is how she's set up to be a character that teeters between "unlikable" and comic relief. like sun-woo's whole thing against rice because he's never really had a home-cooked meal before, and how coldly he treats his mother now. who, yes, seems to have been in and out of relationships with men but was also not in the house because she was always studying and working to make ends meet. i dislike how they paint the single mother as the one in the wrong here.
and now, she's going to be made even more annoying by interfering in her son's relationship-_-

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I don't particularly like the character, but I appreciate her. She's the flighty, self-absorbed mom who is genuinely good at heart, but incredibly frustrating. She's one of those sorts who probably should not have had kids, and should instead have been a free spirit with boyfriends and friends cycling through her house and pursuing passions. I've met some of those women, and they're exhausting but mostly well-intentioned and kind of sweet.

Their kids, though, kind of get stuck with "wacky aunts" instead of traditional mothers, so the kids tend to raise themselves a bit while also keeping mom out of trouble.

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That was ep. 10, and I also found that kind of abrupt. She's the character which is part comedic/part manufacture problems.

Not a big fan of the actress either, but fortunately, she's not a very big part.

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She's got more screen time than Bong-su at the point!

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Thanks for another great recap! I'm loving this drama!

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Thank you for this recap. I'm really enjoying this show and your recaps give me the opportunity to relive the episodes.

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ow that [I am attracted to you as well]?” “I see you so much as a woman that I worry about you, [when you are with other guys]” etc…), and yet protective http://videosph.com/oh-my-ghostess-episode-9-written.html of her still, even against himself. @ GB unni, to me that shows that SW has some self-control, but also as Joon put it, that he values BS enough to want to wait, taking it slow, so they can both enjoy and savor eac

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WAO SO CUTE IM DYING

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Watched this RAW so I couldn't catch most of the conversation but I want Na Bong Sun back! Although I want So Ae to succeed and find her nirvana, I want NaBong back!

Hopefully, we'll get her this week hihi still loving the Show!

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too little BS, too much SA and her trying to have sex with chef.

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It's so sad watching Chef get anxious because of the pressure! And it's worse knowing that BS would love this version of Chef, but Soon Ae keeps trying to rush it. Slow down, ghost girl!

Joon is delightful. I'm convinced he knows exactly what is going on, that he really likes BS on a borderline-romantic level but can keep it in check and fondly help her with Chef. I kind of like he's not a full-blown romantic rival, he's so sweet as it is.

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Thank you thank you thank you! Have been waiting (im)patiently for this to read your and all the viewers' thoughts!

After reading the recap over, I'm finding more flaws despite my still manic love for the drama (just like High School King of Savvy). I've always found Soon Ae's antics adorable and hilarious (well, more like Park Bo Young being so adorable and hilarious), but when I think about the fact that all she can talk about is pressuring Sun Woo into having sex ... it ruins the relationship for me a little because, yes, the typicality is being subverted, but it's so one-track and almost bordering on uncomfortable.

The more important episode that I need to talk about is ep 10 so I will wait even more (im)patiently for that one! Because I need to talk about this messy and what-are-we-going-to-do-about-it love triangle.

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Joon. I love Joon.

why you gotta do this to me show??? :'(

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Hahah I share your feelings!

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ow that [I am attracted to you as well]?” “I see you so much as a woman that I worry about you, [when you are with other guys]” etc…), and yet protective http://www.erosnow.org/2015/09/the-ryzza-mae-show-september-7-2015.html of her still, even against himself. @ GB unni, to me that shows that SW has some self-control, but also as Joon put it, that he values BS enough to want to wait, taking it slow, so they can both enjoy and savor eac

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Am I the only one who thinks SoonAe didn't voluntarily step out of BongSun's body?

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@nugu

I kept feeling that that was involuntarily. Soon Ae did not intend to leave at that kiss. It seems so from her body language and shock on her face.

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It was definitely voluntary. I really think that the shock on her face was her feeling fear at how passionately SW was kissing her/BS. Like she had always been looking for just sex but he was coming at her full force with feelings, and (speculating here) as he stepped forward she stepped back at the same time, literally running from love, because she instictvely knew that that was way too dangerous

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i think it was voluntary too

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The dilemma here is the same with previous body-swapping drama Big, which is dissapointing.

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Dear Show, please don't go BIG on us! Please!!!

The show is just too cute and adorable for it to go to waste like that!

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I'm constantly fearing a second BIG ending watching this show.
To me it isn't clear with whom chef falls in love. The quiet kitchen help? The quirky ghost? As the romance develops he spends much more time with Soon Ae than the real Bong Sun. And he only started really noticing her once she was possessed. :/
Hope they don't mess the ending up...

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He first noticed her and was attracted to her real self through her blog.

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Sorry, but that's nonsense. I really like reading several blogs, but that doesn't equal personal attraction.

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That's what I thought too!

I didn't think it would go that route with the last ep showing the girls' budding friendship and Soon-Ae backing out so Bong Sun could experience Sun Woo's kiss and confession.

Really disappointed that Soon-Ae is slowly turning into a "greedy" ghost and becoming the new rival for Sun Woo's attentions.

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Oh nooo,i think SA is starting to have real feelings for SW :(

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Of course! Otherwise the whole "Cyrano"-situation wouldn't make sense. It's Soon-ae who romances him, not Bong-sun. Bong-sun is just lending her body.

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for me chef fell for Soon Ae, I am seeing Bong Sun just nowhere. Soon Ae was using Bong Sun's body but now Bong Sun is using Soon Ae's soul to make the chef fall in love with her !!!!
Now that Soon Ae has real feelings for chef and the evil started to show up in her, it is going to be interesting.

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From my point of view,chef was already attracted to bong sun from the start,soon ae just grease the machine for it to start working,you know what i'm saying

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It's simple but sweet. Always can't sleep after watch this drama :D

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I have to say, SW is a much better person than I am. He clearly notices that "manic" Bong-sun has no interest in him as a person at all (up to this point, this is going to change, of course), but he still bears with it and tries to make it work. I, honestly, couldn't. Maybe I'm even more conservative than him in that I believe in "emotion before sex" ...

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Well, he's at the very beginning of the relationship, so I think he was just sort of giving her the benefit of the doubt... but I certainly wouldn't have blamed anyone for dumping Soon-ae on the spot given her manic behaviour in this episode. She was totally unbearable, IMO. I'd be like... that's one crazy chick! It's not even that she's so sex-focused, but the way she pursues it, in a physically clingy fashion and without any regard towards SW. It was striking how he constantly recoiled from her in this episode – very clear that he does not like this Soon-ae. Unfortunately, lines become more blurred in ep. 10....

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Seriously, Soon-ae should give "turn-off seminars". She's a natural. She manages to make all the (forced) skinship and physically closeness look off-putting and disgusting, but I especially love her approach of ridiculing him afterwards with her "distance" routine. That would cure anyone from being-in-love.

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The strange thing is that Soon-ae somehow thinks she's actually being "attractive" when she jumps on him – she thinks she knows how to "catch a guy" hence she's telling Bong-su what to do/not to do (not leave the room when Sun-woo is calling her). But everything she does to seduce the guy makes him recoil from her...

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It's not really that strange.

Soon-ae was a virgin, remember? The only thing she really has to go by is that she thinks that guys only think with their dicks rather than their brains.

For a lot of guys, she'd be right, but those were also the guys who got frozen by her touch.

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I still find it strange. Sure, she might have some willing candidates before but I'm certain for every guy that agreed she also had one turn her down – jumping on top of someone and feeling them up and down (particularly if you're doing it public, at someone's job where something – the chef's professional reputation – is at stake) is not going just bag you every guy.

She doesn't need to be asking for sex even, but if it were for something more minor (a bit of money, a date, whatever) – if someone approached me like that to convince me, I'd just run (or, if I were her boss, toss her out)!

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@Requiem

Everyone is a virgin at/up to some point, but not everyone is a moron during that time.

Her utter lack of understanding even the most basic things about other people doesn't seem to be rooted in her lack of sexual experience, but more in her lack of interest in other people.

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@alua
"she’s telling Bong-su what to do/not to do (not leave the room when Sun-woo is calling her"

My take was that she's trying to distance BS from SW. She's intentionally interfering with time they get to spend together.

@requiem
She was a virgin. But that was because she was more concerned about establishing her career (running a successful family restaurant) than dating. I don't like that the drama is telling us that the only thing she regrets is not having sex. As though that's what a woman is supposed to live for.

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I'm not saying that it works all the time.

But let's face it, guys are more susceptible to appreciating a straight-up "let's have sex" approach. Gals are not as much. And it DOES work for a lot of guys.

Sure, it's not the most nuanced or intelligent approach, but in general, it's not necessarily a moronic approach.

In this particular instance, it isn't the smartest approach, and obviously she would be better served to approach it differently.

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You said it perfectly Jon G; I felt exactly the same way. It was so hard to watch this episode b/c she was so off-putting. I really wondered why SW would like a person like her. And her passive/aggressive distance routine was a total turn off. I just don't get that kind of behavior.

I much prefer her character and pathos outside of BS and that's probably b/c I like the way KSG plays SA. I just don't care how PBY is making SA immature and giving her so much cutesy aegyo when as a character, I don't find SA immature (like a pouty 10 year old) nor cutesy aegyo at all. PBY should tone it down.

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I think Sun-woo's reaction is due to his mother. She very easily fell "in love" and so he's a lot more cautious.

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Of course people will get annoyed. Our hero finally opens up his heart and starts talking about the kind of love that lasts a lifetime and all she has in response is wanting a quickie. We give Bong Sun a lot of slack because Park Bo Young is just too adorable but there comes a point where enough is enough. Actually, if the roles were reversed and Bong Sun was a guy, we would have found it creepy a long time ago.

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Well, Sun-woo probably still thinks that Bong-sun is bipolar, hence the 'manic' personality is an unavoidable part of the whole, so he cuts her more slack.

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Ohhhh , BS, I know you're shy and all. But I thought you would know not to say "thank you" to the man whom you're crushing on, and who just confessed his feelings to you. And don't you want him to love you for who you are? It's time to take back the charge of your own body!

And although I understand SA is a ghost (and probably would have a different views in human morals, especially if she is starting to show some "evil" tendencies -- like when she hurt the Unnie), I'm starting to be really annoyed and turned off by her attitude as BSA (SA in BS' body) .

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Aw, I find Sun-woo’s emotional progression to be really sweet, enough that in the first half of the episode I found Soon-ae’s chirpy disregard for his wishes to be annoying, and on the verge of advancing to deeper antipathy. http://www.firsthillmedia.com/french-chicken-sandwich-recipe-urdu/

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Aw, I find Sun-woo’s emotional progression to be really sweet, enough that in the first half of the episode I found Soon-ae’s chirpy disregard for his wishes to be annoying, and on the verge of advancing to deeper antipathy.

... and I'm pretty sure that is what the writer intended.

But you put her in the body, and as freaking adorable as her antics are, there comes a point when it wears on your nerves to see her ignoring feelings in her single-minded pursuit. It’s funny that I desperately want her to solve her grudge when she’s a ghost and to use any means necessary because I feel for her desperation, but when she’s actually doing that it sometimes rubs me the wrong way.

That's because everyone including herself treats "Bong-sun" as a person instead of a ghost. Framing her as a person puts her under the "laws" of human ethics.

That’s the key reason I haven’t lost my love of Soon-ae, because her flaws are depicted in the context of growth. I don’t want my characters acting like paragons all the time—that’s the pitfall of the Candys and perfect Prince Charmings who made for honorably boring leads in dramas past. Characters are allowed to do problematic things because in no way does the drama position such behavior as ideal, or aspirational.

Thank You!

I feel, however, that there not enough development on Soon-ae's side. And I fear that, instead of development, we will get a love triangle.

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About this, "I feel, however, that there is not enough development on Soon-ae’s side. And I fear that, instead of development, we will get a love triangle."I feel the same way...

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do you mean bong-sun? and yes, i feel the same way, it's a pity since i really enjoyed their growing friendship and i'd hate to see it dashed bc of jealousy over sun-woo. i guess it makes for compelling angst......and yet i could do without it all the same~_~; what i really wanted was for soon-ae and bong-sun's relationship to become the strongest in the show, and for them to both have satisfying character arcs.

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No, I mean Soon-ae. Bong-sun is only a secondary character and doesn't need huge amount of development (and, quite honestly, we all know what kind of development she would get if she were to be developed).

Soon-ae showed some development insofar as she started to become more shrewd in her behaviour. She talked Bong-sun into cooperating with her (even though Soon-ae cannot be stupid enough to really believe that she is helping Bong-sun that way), which is a development. But in terms of human aspects, she's none the wiser.

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Framing her as a person puts her under the “laws” of human ethics.

More please. Wouldn't the laws of human ethics apply to the spirit of a deceased human?

The only way it wouldn't be that way is if the being was of a non-human order/origin. Which I'm willing to buy...that SA is actually a malevolent spirit temporarily masquerading as a deceased human. Darkness taking on the appearance of light.

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More please. Wouldn’t the laws of human ethics apply to the spirit of a deceased human?

Not necessarily. Many moral codes are based on social structures, for example. Social structures of living humans care rather irrelevant to ghosts. Actions and consequences are very different between living humans and ghosts.

Theoretically it's possible that a ghost of a deceased human being still follows his/her behavioural patterns out of habit, but we've seen with Soon-ae that she had no memory of her past as a human and, apart from some quirks that seemed similar to her as a human being, definitely learned that irresponsibility and lack of consideration for humans didn't have any negative consequences for her as a ghost.

You now, ethics and especially moral codes are not just universal truths. They exist and (sometimes) work for a reason. The world of ghosts and the world of humans is very different, and therefore, their moral codes have to be different.

(In folklore, it doesn't always work that way, of course. There often exist universally good values and even creatures follow them who have zero reason to do so.)

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To that extent, human beings often follow a code of ethics based on cause and effect- you steal for yourself because you think you need it, you're still stealing someone's hard work. What you do as an action will affect people around you and likewise, it comes back to you in someway.
As a ghost, Soon Ae has lost that context when she died. She's lived for so long seeing that nothing she does affects the people around her so now when it does, it doesn't register to her. She doesn't think of her behavior in BS's body as having a long term affect on how people perceive and react to Bong Sun in the present and future.
But ugh, I totally did not enjoy this week's episodes. I just found it so odd that Bong Sun was totally giving up the excitement of her brand new relationship status with Sun Woo. I mean, how is she okay with giving up her first date?! I know she trusts Soon Ae and she hasn't had many friends in her life so it's a believable premise- that if SA says this is the way to do things then wrong or right she'll follow. If she had a chance to truly realize that SW likes her for her, and that SA hasn't actually done much farther than getting his attention, she might think twice about letting her continue to take over her body. Because I suspect, SA has her convinced that the only way to truly hold on to SW is by sleeping with him.
Which...sigh.

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I began to get annoyed with SA.she really being selfish and I fear that she gets more greedy and become evil that wont leave BS's body forever like that BIL of SW and if it turn out like that, I will demand my precious time that I spent watching this drama. as for BS.girl you need to grow some nerve and realize what will happen if you continue if you let SA took over your body.

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THIS!!!! IKR!
wow.. i found you comment, yes.. this is what i thought too!
ep 9 is the worse episode for me personally, since ep 1-8 were great. so, no doubt, if this 9 was a meh since SA being selfish and i dont think sex is the only 'way' to resolve her problem. he needs to find out who killed her instead of trying so hard for sleeping with this conservative man!

BS seriously got on my last nerve too.. haha.. how come she didnt even realize that 'eonni' wants her man! nope, he's even her man in the first place too. she's just stupid. she didnt even realize how cordon's feeling toward her. huft..

but however, since i already read ep 10, i came to understand that love comes in many forms. i couldnt blame soon ae if she finally fell in love with chef (who wouldnt).

i just cant wait for ep 11 and 12. ow please PD-nim, bring us something great, again!

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The problem is Soo Ae "believes" the reason she's stuck on earth is because she died a virgin. She doesn't know that its probably because she was murdered (that is my assumption). She hasn't come to the realization yet that her grudge is of a different sort and that it will not be resolved by having sex with the chef.

On another note, I really really hope that realization does not come AFTER they do the deed. That would just be terrible because we all know it would really be Soo Ae sleeping with Chef in Bong Sun's body.

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I like to think that the fact that SA seemed forced out of BS's body when they kissed Chef is foreshadowing that when they do the wholeshabang, SA will again be forced out of BS's body again.

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I began to get annoyed with SA.she really being selfish and I fear that she gets more greedy and become evil that wont leave BS’s body forever like that BIL of SW and if it turn out like that, I will demand my precious time that I spent watching this drama. as for BS.girl you need to grow some nerve and realize what will happen if you continue if you let SA took over your body. https://www.dailymotion1.com/

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thanks for the review! that was fast, given you just got back from kcon. Do tell us about how it went in a separate post I'm all agog :D

but I must disagree with one point in your comment, and this is something that's been irking me with regard to all the responses to the show. That why does everyone assume sun woo is falling for just bong and not soon ae too?

As far as I can see, he has had almost as much time with soon ae's personality as bong's and despite finding her overboard still goes along with her, can't take his eyes off her and even kisses her. That is not to say he did not also like bong's normal cheerful self for the short moments she showed it, and he is a fan of her blog, but that does not justify the stance that soon ae is taking bong's time from him (after all bong gave it up voluntarily now coz she has no self-confidence)

If the genders were reversed, just say, and sun woo was the heroine attracted to a coworker and the hot ghost possessing him, it would have been a total love triangle with viewers taking sides and preferring one over the other. But because the genders are the way they are, most viewers seem to identify with one of the heroines (in this case bong since her face dominates the story if not her spirit) and resents the other as an intrusion. Is this because the viewers are predominantly female?

I'm genuinely curious, so any thoughts on it would be welcome

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I agree with your disagreement of jb's notion that SW is in love with Bong-sun. He isn't. (He's not in love with Soon-ae either, but that's a different matter.)

(And as a side-note: Bong-sun explicitly and voluntarily gave up her potential romance with SW. Which makes me think that she's not in love with him either, because she wouldn't have done it if she was.)

SW is falling for a person that doesn't exist (but that person has much more in common with Soon-ae than with Bong-sun).

Let's say SW and "Bong-sun" continue their romance, build a solid relationship, have sex and Soon-ae really resolves her grudge that way (even though we all believe that's not her grudge). That would suddenly leave actual Bong-sun in charge of her body permanently and leave her stuck in a relationship with SW. She has no idea about "her" romance, "her" relationship. SW would wake up to a nightmare. And Bong-sun would "wake up" in a relationship where all the good stuff was skipped and they are right at the point where they cannot live with each other and break up.

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I agree. SW is not in love with either girl but the combination of them both, who he THINKS is one girl.

The interesting part including this episode is that he showed a specific standoffishness for the "Soon-ae" aspect, one where he seemed to just tolerate the girl, because he liked other aspects of the girl (the non-scaredy Bong-Sun aspect).

Unfortunately, this seems to have changed in episode 10, where it's become clear that he likes "all" aspects of the girl, leading to potentially yet another stupid love triangle issue.

I really hope the writers don't go there, but I was afraid this is where it would end up when I heard about the synopsis.... And for a while, even up to this episode, it seemed like Soon-ae was actually more interested romantically in Joon's character than she was in Sun-Woo. I guess we can discuss the potential pitfalls of where the drama seems to be headed in the episode 10 recap since that's where the majority of my beef is....

I really disliked that Bong-Sun gave up agency to Soon-ae just to get the guy. It's understandable, but like Jon said, it's going to lead to a nightmare if she doesn't take up her agency and soon.

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@Robin,

Finally the right series of questions! Unless it's a cultural superstition, I can't fathom the group obsession on "who's who". Who cares which girl takes the boy in a uber funny situation like this? The acting is amazing and the story is indeed interesting. So why all this fuss? A slight case of projection? Of prudishness? Of non-stop nagging, even when the show is actually good?

I'm curious, too! I didn't even know a true blog "war" was going on- which is never beneficial to the plot, btw :-(

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<Who cares which girl takes the boy in a uber funny situation like this?

I'm not finding it that funny. There are some pretty serious issues in the scenario that's playing out, most of all a question of morals – deceiving another person (Sun-woo is falling in love with someone who does not exist) and using them without giving them any choice (having sex with Sun-woo to resolve a grudge).

I guess it's a fictional scenario that could not happen since ghosts don't exist so you could say it's just harmless fun... but if you want to draw a parallel to real life, Sun-woo is in a situation where someone is pretending to be someone else and completely deceiving him. The basis of the relationship he think he is building is a lie. You know, like when you marry a chronic liar and realise one day that much of what they told you is a complete lie and your world essentially falls apart. That's cruel and devastating.

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Why would someone draw a parallel to real life while watching a drama, a film or a theatrical play, @alua? Unless it's the dramatisation of a real story like in Schindler's List or in Black Hawk Down or it's a greek tragedy carrying an ethical "cathartic" experience, I see no point in that. This is pure fictional, ghosts don't exist in real life and the rules to that "world" come from the writers' imagination to begin with - remember Ghost or All of Me? Different writers, different "universes", different rules.

Comparing real life to imagination is meaningless, if not bizarre. The drama has this particular plot and like in any other entertainment product the "fun" factor is in the eye of the beholder.

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You don't have to, but I do. It doesn't matter much with Soon-ae, because she is a ghost, but I can't just cheer on Bong-su. She is a human being as we find in real life and the question of human morals arises with her. She's going for a relationship based on a lie.

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Sorry, but that's absurd.

If fiction had nothing to do with real life, why would I watch/read/listen to it? If characters in fiction had nothing to do with people in real life, why would I care about them?

I once read a story about starfish aliens expressing the temporal dynamics of their relationships in polynomial coefficients, and while that story had a certain appeal to it, the romance was somewhat lost on me. Not sure why ...

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@alua and @Jon G. ,

Entertainment uses real life more as a stepping stone in terms of plots and scenarios. Especially in comedies, outrageous situations happen to ordinary people or outrageous characters are used to thicken the plot. We've seen numerous films and plays that specifically use this golden rule to offer exactly what they are supposed to : laughter and fun. Artistic Licence is almost everywhere in literature to elavate stories from being too realistic, therefore less interesting.

If our heroine were indeed a real life girl, she would have been under psychological evaluation ( and pharmacological treatment, without a doubt) since no such thing as "possession by ghosts" is acceptable other than hallucinations ( unless it's The Exorcist, lol ), the chef would not have endured for a couple of episodes before giving in to constant sexual advances (he's a guy after all), the police officer would have been a real life serial killer keeping all those "trophies" and so on. The funny element kicks in to transform this depressing and scary reality into comedy.

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THANK YOU. yes, it's true that fiction can reflect or perpetuate problematic ways of thinking, and yet i feel like it's a bit pointless to find fault with that actual premise, since this is a fictional drama with fantasy elements. the whole premise is based on the cultural folklore of virgin ghosts- you have to get that first- and that in this world, ghosts can possess people freely. if you wanted tv that resembled "real life" more, then maybe go for medical shows or slice of life shows or reality tv instead (although those are also warped versions of reality) and steer far away from problematic, immoral ghosties.

also, i'm not seeing sun-woo being disgusted or turned off at all? he's a bit uncomfortable yes, and taken aback because the gender roles are reversed and how persistent she is and she doesn't know her boundaries- and as javabeans said, it's uncomfortable for us as viewers sometimes too when she's in the actual body because she is now human but not acting as a "normal" person should. and as he's also said in the actual show, he's trying hard to control himself and not give in even though he's turned on, because he wants to value their relationship and make things last a long while with her. the moments of growth are what makes this drama good.

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"Ghosts don't exist."

In the sense of dead humans lingering on earth that's right. But spirits exist and can mimic the deceased. You just may not have experienced their existence in an overt way in your culture. To the common observer, their reality is most transparent in places around the world where spiritism (in the broadest sense of the word) and dark magic are practiced.

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I really think that a story is doing something right if it can evoke human emotions from its audience. This is especially true when the story is fictional. That's giving kudos to the actors. It shows that they are doing a good job by connecting with the viewers and truly selling the story. And while aspects of the plot might be fictional and more fantasy, the writer(s) have borrowed some realism like every good story in the Fantasy or SciFi genre out today. The borrowing from realism serves to help the audience connect better to the story.

I am sorry, but a story doesn't have to be a true life story to be relatable. And while it is totally your prerogative not to take a fictional story seriously or draw parallels with real life, I don't think it is right to discount those who do or call it bizarre.

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You have a really good point. I'm concerned that SA seems to spend more time with Chef than BS, so who does he really love?

Cudos to the writer for such an interesting and hilarious drama! It makes me so nervous that I am unable to figure out how this will end up! I'm sure BS will learn to channel her inner SA, but it's making me CRAZY! Such is the power of a good drama!

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Great points, I agree and just as curious myself.

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I agree with you. What's to really "like" about Bong sun? She almost has no personality that he can see. Most of the time he's talking to her he's staring at the top of her head. I think the writers will come up with a "moral" dilemma within the next episode or two. It is a Korean drama after all. Soon ae is BORING of course he likes both of them. He likes being chased. He also likes getting to play the "protector". I imagine they'll write something in but logically I'd be bored silly if I got stuck with Bong sun instead of Soo ae. Rather than see him have to make a choice between the two characters I'm hoping the writer will play it out so the two girls take on a bit of each others personalities. It does appear it's going that way with Bong sun becoming a bit more assertive and Soo ae beginning to realize that solving her "grudge" might mean more for her than just getting laid. Otherwise I don't get why people feel "uncomfortable" with anything they see in a drama. I've seen dramas where the protagonists parent has people murdered but by the end of the drama all is forgiven because they are family. Extremely creepy from a real life prospective.

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What makes me uncomfortable about the story is that as it is we haven't been given the opportunity to learn much about who Bong Sun is. There is a definite imbalance in the back-story of Bong Sun & Soon Ae. We get little flashes of a real personality when she gets comfortable enough to be herself with Chef. Like finding the courage to tackle the bike-seat thief & then detain him by biting him. Or the little trick she used to get money out of the vending machine. Or the fact that she's a foodie and her "conservative" outlook on relationships matches with the Chef's. I've already seen episode 10 & Soon Ae is very much still the focus which makes this more of a muddle. With six episodes to go I'm not sure this is going to be resolved in a satisfactory way...but what do I know. I'm still intrigued by this dramady. BTW, what's the thing with both girls being klutzy & clumsy?

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I think the drama has made it clear that SW does like BS. He considers her blog the only one worth following. He worries about her when her blog falls silent. The blog is the most clear view of he perspective on life. He likes her perspective and in particular her view of what food does for the soul.

The only thing he didn't like was her reflexively apologetic mannerism. But that was because it reminded him of himself during darker days when he had no self worth. Once she stopped apologizing, he loved everything about her.

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+1 for a thoughtful post. I would like to add that most viewers root for the underdog, hence Bong Sun wins over Soo Ae. Imagine if the personalities were reversed where BS was a loud mouthed girl and SA was the shy, "nice" one.

I dislike the whole "Soo Ae get out" beat people have. This is a story about a Ghost. Its there in the title itself. Na Bong Sun serves the purpose of a vessel for the ghost, hence the actress playing Bong Sun is the lead. I think people are conflating the actress with the character.

At this point I'm more invested in Soo Ae than the shy wallflower Bong So. But Soo Ae can't take over Bong Sun permanently as that would fly against KDrama ethos. This show in fact is ideal for a not so happy ending, one where SW has fallen for SA, SA has resolved her issues and ascended to heaven and Bong Sun gets over her crush on SW. But I don't think the writer will dare that.

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Found Soon-ae completely unbearable in this episode. Interestingly, Sun-woo spent about 90% of the episode running from her, which signalled pretty clearly he does not like this personality of hers (unsurprisingly). However, this isn't true for the next episode, which muddles the lines significantly.

I'm still uncomfortable with Bong-su's apparently relaxed attitude of having her body used for someone else to have sex with it. I just don't buy it that she's just all-okay with that.

And, after ep. 10 I'm not sure I can believe the writers anymore if they go towards Bong-su / Sun-woo endgame: he's developing feelings for Soon-ae (not so much this episode though), but there's just about no time for him to bond with Bong-su – their relationship amounts to no more than a crush at this point (her liking him from the distance before she was possessed, him liking her blog) – but that does not a relationship make. Throw in Hye-sung and we've got a scenario where Sun-woo apparently had feelings for a third person. If the writers go for a "One True Pairing" ending, I'm just not sure I can buy it any more, from any character's perspective because 6 episodes are not enough.

I also really wish the drama was clearer on what kind of agreement Soon-ae and Bong-su stuck and how the whole possessing thing works (Bong-su realises nothing? So she's just going through multiple days of blank?). I think the writers are going the easy way by not telling us anything here at all.

Also: tweaking suspicion that they might go the route that resolving the grudge is Soon-ae truly falling in love and/or giving up something for a human (i.e. letting Bong-su have Sun-woo).... which I would find super-lame.

On that note, I find Sung-jae a quite uninteresting character. Not sure why, but I don't find him to be an intriguing villain (say, like the guy from I Hear Your Voice).

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Found Soon-ae completely unbearable in this episode. Interestingly, Sun-woo spent about 90% of the episode running from her, which signalled pretty clearly he does not like this personality of hers (unsurprisingly). However, this isn’t true for the next episode, which muddles the lines significantly.

I also thought that way in earlier episodes. There was zero sexual or romantic chemistry between "Bong-sun" and SW. However, I don't think that's what the show intended.

SW is your stuffed-shirt hero in need of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. His resistance to her "charms" is not fully honest, because, deep down, he wants to be liberated.

The problem here is, in my opinion, Jo Jung-suk's acting. He didn't implement that little spark into his performance. Instead, when his partner put on her over-the-top annoying sexual "harassing", he gave her this adoring glances that is reserved for children and pets. I'm not even sure that was intentional on his part, but for me, it destroyed any kind of sexual chemistry that could have been there.

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I think in the earlier episodes it was sort of ambiguous – like it could have gone either way. But I can't argue with ep. 10 that he doesn't have feelings for Soon-ae ("Bong-sun") and with the limited interaction between him and the real Bong-su I can't say anymore either that he's really developing feelings for that person also (Bong-su, at this point, just feels like a flat, underdeveloped character since the writers just choose to omit her for complete episodes with one or two tiny scenes only. I feel like they've forgotten themselves that just because it's the same actress, that doesn't give us two fully developed characters).

Hmmm. I guess SW wants to be liberated, but I-just-want-your-body girl isn't it. And I balk at this point that whoever he is going to end up with, it's a relationship that is based, ultimately, on a lie. He wasn't given choice and since Bong-su is human I am going to judge her on that. And Soon-ae is presenting herself more and more as a human so I can't just be like "she's a ghost and doesn't have to conform to human morals" either. Mehhhh. Losing faith in these writers.

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I’m still uncomfortable with Bong-su’s apparently relaxed attitude of having her body used for someone else to have sex with it. I just don’t buy it that she’s just all-okay with that.

She made this decision in the heat of the moment, when faced with the potential threat of SW getting his happy ending with his long-time crush.

Bong-sun is shy, but she is not nice (a common misconception shy people like me learn to exploit subconsciously). She wants SW, and she doesn't want to work for that on her own; and she doesn't care too much whether that hurts SW or herself. Being-in-love can be selfish ...

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<Being-in-love can be selfish …

Sure, but the way it's going it means losing your viewers. I can't cheer for her relationship with the chef really anymore. It's based on a lie and using him, which is not okay. I almost want to go back to Soon-ae possessing her without permission, because at least we could put Soon-ae's actions down to being a selfish ghost not bound by human morals and Bong-su not intentionally deceiving the chef...

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At this point, I'm beginning to dislike both SA and BS. PD Lee is a better choice for SW :-/

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I'm a bit surprised, to be honest. It's not like either Soon-ae or Bong-sun would act differently from what they did all the episodes before.

What makes you dislike them now that didn't make you dislike them earlier on (like me ;) )?

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Personally, I was never that fond of Soon-ae. With Bong-su I started having my doubts the moment she agreed to possession – and the longer she agrees to it without even blinking, the more questionable she becomes as a character.

That said, I'm not cheering for a relationship with PD Lee either...

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@ Jon G.
Well I should say that I dislike them even more now. I was never fond of Soon Ae's antics or Bong Sun's lack of self confidence and extreme timidity to begin with. But I held out hope for Bong Sun to change her personality and be a better person. Somehow I also had the wrong impression that this drama is more about Bong Sun. Only now I realize that it's actually not true. Now I'm just confused where the story is leading us to. I don't have expectation anymore.

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I don't see it as BS simply being introverted. To me the root of her introversion is a complete lack of self worth. With that in view, she doesn't have confidence that SW would like her for who she is because of her own beliefs about herself. She needs a jumpstart to having a different perspective about herself.

That also animates why she's so willing to consider SA's needs above her own. And believe SA's words that she needs her help to win SW's heart.

I think it'd be believable that things could start changing for BS when she's able to see herself through the eyes of someone who cares about her. At this point her inner self is living like a ghost in her own life.

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Also: it occurs to me that this drama has a particular liking for selfish, largely socially unaware characters. That's evident with Soon-ae (who, when she acts as a ghost, we can still somewhat excuse, but the more human she becomes, the issue turns more problematic), Sun-woo's mom and also the sous chef (I really don't understand why no one tells him that he's a total douche and that he has no friends because the way he behaves is 100% self-centred and dislikable).

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Well, sous chef is the classic annoying coworker--you can call him out on it, but that means you'll be stuck with any retaliation since you're all working together (in a close setting, no less).

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That dude is a sexual harassment lawsuit waiting to happen.

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'And, after ep. 10 I’m not sure I can believe the writers anymore if they go towards Bong-su / Sun-woo endgame: he’s developing feelings for Soon-ae..

I feel the same way too and it's frustrating..but then I read the plot description in the wikipedia and it's written like this:

Na Bong-sun has an extremely timid personality and low self-esteem, doesn't have any close friends, and is constantly getting reprimanded at her job as an assistant cook at Sun Restaurant. She also occasionally sees ghosts, thanks to a shaman grandmother. One day, Bong-sun gets possessed by a lustful virgin ghost named Shin Soon-ae. To make up for the lack of romance in her short life, Soon-ae is determined to seduce as many men as she can by possessing various women, and she finds the perfect vessel in Bong-sun.
Bong-sun's boss is arrogant star chef Kang Sun-woo, whom she secretly has a crush on. Sun-woo still hasn't gotten over an old girlfriend, but when Bong-sun seemingly gets rid of her shyness and suddenly changes into a confident, dynamic woman, she finally catches his eye.

My understanding: BS is only a 'vessel'. The one that catches his eyes is SA in BS's body.

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<My understanding: BS is only a ‘vessel’. The one that catches his eyes is SA in BS’s body.

We can understand that, but the question it comes down to is: Who will Sun-woo end up with? He can't end up with SA (or if he does, she is supposed turn into an evil spirit, which would be different than what he bargained for as well), and if he ends up with BS, well, he ends up with an essentially empty vessel....

Well, maybe he'll end up with no one...

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Or he dies and as ghosts he and Soon Ae reunite. Makjang.

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He's better end up with no one..

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Found Soon-ae completely unbearable in this episode. Interestingly, Sun-woo spent about 90% of the episode running from her, which signalled pretty clearly he does not like this personality of hers (unsurprisingly). However, this isn’t true for the next episode, which muddles the lines significantly.

I'm so happy to hear you and JB say this. I thought it was just me. The whole thing is starting to feel like an exploitation and violation of BS.

It was clear from earlier episodes that SW liked BS as a person and was only mildly annoyed at her meekness because it reminded him of himself in a bad period of his life. But it showed that he actively disliked SA's manic and pushy personality.

I also really wish the drama was clearer on what kind of agreement Soon-ae and Bong-su stuck and how the whole possessing thing works

I think we'd like there to be a mystery because what the show has told us is so problematic. Only SA realizes the experiences. So only she can see what happens or how SW responds to her when she's in possession of the body. I don't like how they've shown, that through both in-body and out-of-body experiences, it's been made clear to SA that SW likes BS not herself. But then SA turns around and keeps telling BS (who hasn't been privy to that information) hat she needs her in order to cement the relationship. Lie. And on top of that she's willing to use that lie to steal all the wonderful formative moments of their relationship. Selfish. And also, although BS has seen SW likes her for herself she is still giving SA unilateral control. Willing victim. And now the show is making SA behave like BS in order to steal the relationship with SW from BS, but isn't also making commentary about how wrong this is. Or what that implies about SW's real position in the spectrum between good and evil.

Like you I'm concerned that to get the audience to overlook how BS is being abused and develop a loveline between SA and SW, in episode 10 the writers are starting to make SA behave more like BS. (This is the only reason SW has started responding to her romantically.) And they're doing it in a way that doesn't call out SA for being manipulative. (Are we to believe that her whole personality can change overnight?)

I wish the drama would be up front about it and either portray ghosts as amoral / immoral beings; or at least make it clear that SA is not who she appears to be and darkness already has a grip on her. Aside from that, there's no other possible explanation for SA.

That said, mostly I want the show to have BS start believing in herself and firmly assert her rights over her own body and life. If not, I can't support the show because of the fundamental message it's selling. (It's already hard enough to try to overlook the whole voluntary spirit possession thing.)

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I have to disagree with Javabeans here, in that I think SunWoo is not in love with Bong, he has fallen for SoonAe. Think about it. All the times he looked like he was falling for her have been times he was with SoonAe. The time when she tied his shoelaces, or that part where she was worried about him being wet, and he kissed her. I know he will have to end up with Bong, because she's the one that is alive and all, but SoonAe is the one that he has fallen in love with. I really wonder how they will resolve that in the show (if they even will). I feel I have a weird case of Second Lead Syndrome where I see all the signs that show that the best person for the main is the person he will not end up with but with genders reversed. Am I alone in this?

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No, you are not alone. BS would not even have a chance with the chef if SA had not possessed her. She had lost her job when SA possessed her. The Chef started noticing her only after SA possessed her. Even with all the sympathy the Chef had for BS, he still fired her. So there would have ended all the possibilities of the Chef ever falling for BS. They had a blog connection, but was there any guarantee it would have led anywhere? And admiring someone's blog for a shared mutual interest is not the same as falling for them in real life.

BS diehards won't notice or admit, but now it is a win-win situation for BS. SA will have to leave one day and the chef will be all hers without her having to lift a finger to make him fall for her. They also don't want to admit that BS asking SA to get the chef was a pretty selfish act. She just wanted him for herself, whatever the means. The love she gets from the chef is the aftereffect of whatever magic SA has done on him.

BS has no personality other than a tendency to be meek and say sorry all the time. There is constant exchange of ideas and views between the chef and SA's ghost. She comforts him, lifts up his spirits and has mellowed him down. BS likes to remain in her shell and has never attempted to make any connections with others.

Besides, it is not like SA is after the chef all the time. She has made the most use of her time, helping the chef win two competitions, helping out her dad, having fun with the boys, learning cooking and so on. The chef may like to go slow and steady, but through SA, the writer is also questioning conservative attitudes towards female sexuality. Why should it be the man who makes the first move all the time? The writer wants to highlight that women don't enter a relationship just for emotional fulfillment alone and that they also have physical needs and that handholding and cuddling are not what all women want, as they have been portrayed to be like. SW may protest that SABS is all over him, but he is also enjoying the attention. He can talk openly to her about things he would never have been able to talk to earlier. After SA realized through Joon that SW is a good guy and a keeper, she has stopped being as pestering as before. If SA had time on her hands, she would have gone the old-fashioned route too. But she is clearly desperate and that creates situations that are not just funny, but makes you think about sexual double standards. Clearly, hers is the more interesting character and her relationship with SW is one of equals. The drama will never clearly state who SW fell in love with and he will be left with BS, but his relationship with SA will be the one which stays in mind.

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No, you are not alone. BS would not even have a chance with the chef if SA had not possessed her. She had lost her job when SA possessed her. The Chef started noticing her only after SA possessed her. Even with all the sympathy the Chef had for BS, he still fired her. So there would have ended all the possibilities of the Chef ever falling for BS.

You somewhat lost me here.
First, the Chef had a very protective attitude towards her prior to the first possession. That's very far from love, but then again, he doesn't fall for possessed Soon-ae either, he is mostly appalled by her.

Bong-sun, considering her very limited abilities, did a very good job at staying at the restaurant. She only got in real trouble once Soon-ae started to screw up her life.

That doesn't mean I disagree with your conclusion, though: Yes, SW and Bong-sun would never ever have entered a romantic relationship on their own (and that's not solely the "fault" of Bong-sun, I might add).

They had a blog connection, but was there any guarantee it would have led anywhere? And admiring someone’s blog for a shared mutual interest is not the same as falling for them in real life.

Definitely. For example, I love alua. Every time I read the name "alua" on top of a comment, my heart skips a beat in anticipation of the post. However, that's exactly how far our "relationship" goes.

BS diehards won’t notice or admit, but now it is a win-win situation for BS. SA will have to leave one day and the chef will be all hers without her having to lift a finger to make him fall for her.

I'm not a BS die-hard, I don't even like her, to be honest. But it's not a "win-win", that's just what Soon-ae tries to put into Bong-sun's head to make her compliant.

Bong-sun might never had much of a chance with SW, but now, she has no chance at all. She gave SW to SA and that means she gave him up forever.

They also don’t want to admit that BS asking SA to get the chef was a pretty selfish act. She just wanted him for herself, whatever the means. The love she gets from the chef is the aftereffect of whatever magic SA has done on him.

It was not only selfish, it was also ridiculously stupid. Because that means that Soon-ae will get all the love out of the relationship, and, best case for Bong-sun is: she gets all the problems.

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<Definitely. For example, I love alua. Every time I read the name “alua” on top of a comment, my heart skips a beat in anticipation of the post. However, that’s exactly how far our “relationship” goes.

Hahahaha. Thanks for the "love". ;-)

I was actually thinking in terms of an anonymous column I read in the Guardian, a middle-aged woman who is using online dating and the one thing that has become very apparent in the weekly columns that even if you spend hours and hours talking online and "connect" to what seems to be your "soulmate", it can and does fall apart – sometimes even instantly – the moment you meet in real life (she has had several very disillusioning experiences). Sun-woo liking Bong-su's blog can at most be a starting point, it doesn't amount to them having a "relationship" in any way – the relationship the drama writers absolutely need to build with person-to-person real life interaction if they really want to sell a SW/BS end scenario.

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Sun-woo liking Bong-su's blog can at most be a starting point, it doesn't amount to them having a "relationship" in any way – the relationship the drama writers absolutely need to build with person-to-person real life interaction if they really want to sell a SW/BS end scenario.

Well, I guess they might angle at the "You've got Mail" idea here: Both of them know each other on one dimension and on another dimension, but do not connect the one with the other.
(You could say that they are attracted to one another separately on a physical and on a emotional level. Still, it's "separately" and therefore, it cannot work out.)

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I dunno, I saw one of my closest friends meet a man online both of them through their blogs, and then decided before meeting each other physically that they wanted to get married. They've been married roughly 8 years now. I know it's anecdotal but good companionship and long term relationships can be built online just as much as physically. Barring any outlier situations, unless people might have been dishonest, if both sides come in with sincerity and true vulnerability it is possible. Often times, it falls apart when either person mislead or left out parts about them that they were keenly aware could really make a difference in the relationship.
In any case, I agree the connection would have been useless if neither ever truly discovered each other but seeing them connect in person even with the sparse moments we've been shown, gives that connection more meaning.

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Spot on Jon G.! Okay, I think I'm going to have my heart skips a beat in anticipation for your comments ;-)

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BS was not fired but she resigned. Chef only asked her to rethink carefully whether she really wants to work in the kitchen.

As for SA, if it wasn't for possessing BS who had forgotten to leave the store room key behind, she wouldn't have been dragged back to the restaurant, and met the man of vitality. SA would not have met her father too and have her memories rushing back.

I think both girls needed each other and fated to be entangled for a period of time for their own different benefit. There must be a reason why the writer set it up that way. Looking forward to new episodes for more reveal of the story.

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Well said! I agree with you. Chef is in love with the person he thinks Bong is. I'm hoping the writers are trying to make us confused and wonder how the story and relationships will progress. What will happen when Chef finds out that he was interacting with Soon Ae this whole time? He'd be hurt for sure.

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I disagree; I think it was very important that they showed early on that he's a fan of her cooking blog and feels warmth and connection from it.

Bong Su's major problem is her own psychic vulnerability. Remember, she was going thru the same thing the main character in Master's Sun was at the beginning of the show-- no ability to sleep because of constant ghost harassment and possession attempts. She was on the verge of a breakdown from exhaustion and no So Ji Sub to let her have a peaceful night.

So, in this non-functional state, she didn't have a shot with the chef. She still has an extremely shy personality but like a flower that isn't blooming because it's been cold and gloomy, she's slowly growing into herself.

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I too believe that SW is in love with SA and not so much BS. I think most people assume that he must be in love with BS because she's supposedly the lead. I just can't buy that no matter how much all the comments insist. I felt that with each progression in SW's journey, it was SA that weathered it with him or comforted him. Yes, SW admires BS's blog. Yes, SW enjoyed his time with BS on their one date. But I felt like that was the comfortable place in the middle of things. Each wall that was broken down, each step in growth seems to have happened with SA.

Sooooooo...What if BS is not the lead? Maybe we're mistaken in believing BS is the lead because it's her physical form that dominates the drama. Maybe it's SA that's the lead. The title of the drama is Oh my Ghostess and BS is absent most of the time. So maybe you (MelanieR) and I don't have a case of Second Lead Syndrome. Maybe we're falling for the pair that the writer intends.

On another note, I did find SA's aggressive advances off-putting and I was there with SW with my hands over my ears to block out her high shrieks. But that doesn't mean I hate her. I still love you SA. I felt like I was watching the growing pains of the beginning of a new relationship. And the writer taking me to the point of wanting to throttle her made her wonderment at the simple act of holding hands all the more achingly sweet.

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P.S. I feel as though SW and SA balance each other out and there's a mutual level of respect between the two.

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I only find SA really respecting SW now that he's told her his perspective of how he wants a slow relationship. Him wooing her with his thoughtfulness has made her appreciate him more.

Yet now that I think about it even as a ghost all SA has ever done is possessed girls and gone straight into the third base, so even as a ghost she's never experienced someone "loving" her.

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Thank you for the recap, javabeans!

*Sigh* As much as I enjoy Soon-ae's personality most of the time, I thought how she handled Sun-woo's feelings about him being conservative and wanting to take things slow was so annoying and disrespectful. I always appreciated Sun-woo's consistent willpower when it comes to Soon-ae's persistence, but when he actually explained further on why he wants to take things slow and steady, I thought that was so admirable of him and wanted so badly for Soon-ae to stop making him feel bad because you can tell he did.

The drama is giving us more hints into Soon-ae's death, so I'm crossing my fingers for her to realize her real mission and connect all the dots because she truly deserves to find out the truth.

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I just hope that when Bong Sun is not in the possessed state, she would update her blog or call her grandma to ask her how she could eject the ghost at her own will.

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Lol I hope so too. We didn't see her because Soon Ae refused to leave her body and had Sun Woo all to herself, right? I wonder how the possession things work between them.

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I just hope that when Bong Sun is not in the possessed state, she would update her blog or call her grandma to ask her how she could eject the ghost at her own will.

How come the grandma is not calling her anymore?

(I'm having trouble posting my comments - so I apologize first if my comments appear a few times.)

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Because the writers are being sloppy and have decided to ignore Bong-su rather than develop her character at least minimally while Soon-ae is on her quest.

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There's so much potential in Bong Sun, a shaman coming into her powers. But if we go by screen time she's pretty much a background character just there to flesh out the world.

At the very least once she agreed to the possession she should have been a ghost watching the world, unable to interact with it and only seen by a handful of people.

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Hahah that reminds me of the cooking competition they're meant to go on often as well. Since So-Hyang is out of the pictures lets just forget about the competition as well.

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I wonder if this drama unintentionally wove a theme of parental neglect into it's story line. SW was neglected by his mom. SA devoted her whole life to taking care of her dad. The one that bothered me the most is BS's grandma. No matter how much the shaman cares for SA, would any grandparent that has even a ounce of concern for their grandchild have absolutely no thought or reaction to a ghost using their grandchild's body? Show, you really need to thank the wonderful performances of the cast for distracting your audience as they leap over your gaping plot holes.

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I can the same thoughts about when the grandmother revealed she thought BS had been possessed. The grandmother sounded so... disconnected that I sat thinking, Why isn't this woman worried about her grandchild? In any other drama, the grandmother would have shown up in Seoul to investigate. Instead she said basically, "I thought this happened, I was right, oh well." Poor BS. I felt for her in that moment, because one truly had the sense that she was alone i the world. Not even her own grandmother was going to attempt to protect her. She just got a set of instructions.

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I was totally dreading that this show would take "that route" of soon-ae falling for chef to happen ages ago...nooooooooooooooooooooooooo
I hope that there ends up being more focus on soon-ae and her murder rather than her romantic dilemma!!

Side note: does anyone totally adore suh joon? guh so cute.
Another side: I hope I'm not the only on that thinks sous chef's character is a lot like lee gwang soo's character in running man, haha. Really petty.

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I actually watched Episode 9 and 10 with a sense of growing frustration that has led me to starting to hate the series.

Soon Ae grated my nerves so much as Bong sun, and look, I understand that it's in her character, and now she's starting to fall in love with him, which I also understand. I really do. But the way the others were responding to it? UGH.

She was being so absolutely frustrating - and we know Chef felt it too. HE COVERED HIS EARS FOR GOODNESS' SAKE. I was more bowled over by the fact he didn't talk to her more seriously about it, or was conflicted himself, because I actually lost respect for /him/ being the perfect boyfriend to someone who I feel, in his eyes, shouldn't deserve respect for the way she had been acting.

And Bong Sun! She is so adorable with Chef, and she's so over the moon, but I expected now that they are dating, she'd want to stake her claim on her own body. How can she be okay with a ghost controlling her body and having sex with her boyfriend ? ? ???? How can she be okay with a ghost having all the cute 'firsts' of their relationship ? ??? ?

And the second female lead, the writers completely ruined, just so that Bong sun would be able to be ~jealous~ enough to ask Soon ae to help her out.

I don't know. :|

Honestly, I love individual scenes and the acting is brilliant, and Chef is such a decent guy. But Soon ae pissed me off. At the end of Ep 9, I thought this character growth would be helpful and this anger I felt as a viewer would be necessary and helpful, but I'm losing faith in the writing.

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If this was a true scenario, everyone would end up so scarred.

Bong Sun would constantly compare herself to Soon Ae, and wonder if he had liked BS instead of her. Every action, every word, especially having sex - when he looks at her strangely or uncomfortably, she would retreat even more.

The Chef is in love with someone that doesn't exist. A mixture of persons is not a particular someone.

The What Ifs on both ends would drive both of them insane.

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<HE COVERED HIS EARS FOR GOODNESS’ SAKE.

He physically removed himself from her, brushed her touchy-feely hands etc. His behaviour just screamed "get away from me" the whole episode – only the hand-holding at the end was an attempt to salvage what he thought was a relationship with a girl he liked.

<I was more bowled over by the fact he didn’t talk to her more seriously about it

I took it as that he was sort of taken aback by it (not knowing what to make of it) and, having just fallen in love, still clinging onto that this is just momentary weirdness on her part. Now, I wouldn't have blamed him if had dumped her instantly but if she continues this way (she doesn't since in ep. 10 she starts falling for him and getting conflicted about leaving earth), I'd definitely expect him to run from this girl.

<How can she be okay with a ghost controlling her body and having sex with her boyfriend ? ? ???? How can she be okay with a ghost having all the cute ‘firsts’ of their relationship ? ??? ?

I think the writers are just skimming over this. They aren't addressing how Bong-su is experiencing the whole situation because she SHOULD be feeling a range of emotions about Soon-ae flirting with Sun-woo, deceiving Sun-woo, having full days of "nothing" while being possessed (etc.), unless she's a human being with no feelings and no moral compass (an earlier, pre-voluntary-possession episode indicated that she is aware it's wrong to do what they are doing). Her character is lacking development and just flat at this point.

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Im indecisive about this episode. I love Sun woo, he is adorable. But Soon ae, besides being annoying in this episode, she is getting all the love. So all the "he is going to fall for the real Bong sun" is missing again and i feel unconfortable watching all the love that Sun woo has for "Bong Sun" when its really mostly for Soon ae. I know that we saw bits where we can hope he is in love with both,but now after the confession Soon ae is in the body 90% of the time. I know she has a reason and Bong Sun its ok with it,but i dont know. Its feel unfair.
Fortunately this is episode 9 and we still have 6 unknown episodes where things can change. I think that Sun woo will have to fall in love with the other part of Bong Sun and as some mention, her blog is a good start

Thank yoy for the recap!

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< 6 unknown episodes where things can change

My concern is 6 episodes is very little if they are going for a Bong-sun / Sun-woo end pairing.

Sun-woo has to a) fall out of love with Soon-ae, b) fall in love with Bong-sun c) resolve his feelings for Hye-sung (which he has just barely done in ep 10) and, if the truth gets revealed d) get over being deceived by both girls before he even considers being in a relationship with one of them and if it doesn't get revealed Bong-su still has to address the issue in herself that any potential relationship she might end up having with Sun-woo is based on deception (because the longer Soon-ae possesses her body and the more Sun-woo falls for Soon-ae specifically, that's the reality). Somehow I feel the writers are just going to skip addressing some issues they should absolutely be addressing....

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don't tell writer-nim, but a decent bout of amnesia for both SW and BS would fix all these dilemma :)

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arghhhhh !!!!!! :)

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Oh no you didn't!!
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They are probably going the "Meet Joe Black" route

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The noraebang scene was really hilarious with sous chef 'rapping' like TOP and Joon just makes me swoon! He's so cute with Bongsun.

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I love how the other chef is always singing the Loser song... hahaha

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I paused and rewound that scene several times until i couldnt breathe for laughing so hard.

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So many cute moments but one that made me chuckle was when they're trying to sober up SA and SW is still wearing her purse! Love everything about this drama so far plus the fabulous recaps & insightful comments make it even more enjoyable.

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Wait. Now...this is his first time confessing...maybeeee...maaaaybe...he's a virgin too?awwwwww~~~~
Anyhow. We need more BongSun time to spend with Chef. We dont want Chef to like sunae more, and be brokenhearted later, do we?

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i think, this writernim is a fan of BIGBANG. loser and bae bae are on top searching now bcuz they keep playing it in this drama, haha..

GIVE CORDON MORE LOVE TRIANGLE SCENES JUSEYOOOOO PD-NIM WRITER NIM.. sigh! I want to see BONGSUN and CORDON. once again.. BONGSUN and CORDON. with soon ae spent the whole episode with chef, im tired of shipping chef with HUMAN so called bongsun! let' bongsun end up with cordon. happy ending! lols

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I really don't think another complication is needed in the already complex love triangle. Sun-woo, Soon-ae and Bong-su is already enough, and we have already had Hye-sung added to that mix. Throw in Cordon and this drama will fall apart.

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At this point, I actually want Bong-sun with Cordon and Sun-woo with no one. :"(

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Despite the fact that I love Soon Ae in Na Bong's body, can we have more scenes of Bong Bong? I want to see more~~~Feel like it's SA's show now (not that I dislike it :)) Just want to see more of Bong's reaction :))

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with each episode this drama s building up the suspense. and ep 10 .. oh my god.. what ending...cant wait for your recap for episode 10 . just saw it amazing as usual..waiting how story unfolds.

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I was very hesitant to watch this episode because I heard of the possible love triangle forming, but I had a horrible day so I just wanted some laughs so I ended up watching it. After finishing it I just thought to myself where can I find myself a kang sun woo?!?!! Him and Joon are too perfect.

Onto the episode, I really liked the contrast in opinions between SA and BS regarding SW's conservative view, it really shows how much they know and like about SW. BS understands and likes his seriousness, let's hope she will have with him so that he doesn't only see her as some sex wanting machine.

Although SA was really pestering SW during their bench talk I did like her point in mentioning how it's generally viewed a girl can't be sexually aggressive or wanting sex as normal. The other day I was at my cousins and One of the boys hadn't come home for several night without his parents knowing where. It was okay for the adults at dinner to joke on whether he hooked up with any chicks etc but I'm pretty sure if any of the girls in the family did that she would easily be labelled as being promiscuous, and banned from going out often (chinese family at that).

We're halfway through the show so I want them to develop more on the policeman as well. Seeing the scene of him saving EH made me think, what if he married EH because he liked her dedication or admiration for him? Since he seemed to lack love as a child, to have someone who is entirely reliant on you gives you a ego boost, and a satisfaction that you are needed.

To be honest my favourite scenes is of Joon and BS, there's just something sweet about it. A possessed BS seems more relaxed around Joon and less desperate. I'm unsure on whether to watch the next episode, maybe I'll read one recap and see how it goes.

Thanks for the recap!

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Originally, SW might have thought that "manic" Bong-sun is simply sex-crazy. But he is dating her now!

Although SA was really pestering SW during their bench talk I did like her point in mentioning how it’s generally viewed a girl can’t be sexually aggressive or wanting sex as normal.

But that's a highly manipulative and hypocritical argument from her. Because she wants only sex but pretends (very poorly) to be interested in a relationship.

"What is wrong about wanting to have sex with the person you love?" would be a valid question (irrespective of gender) if the person asking the question loved the other person. But she doesn't.

Using an otherwise very valid argument in such a dishonest way is a very bad thing to do. It's not only disrespectful of SW, it's also disrespectful of any woman who actually wants to have sex with a person she loves.

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Oh I agree in her situation using that speech for herself isn't right, however the aspect that I did enjoy was that the show mentioning this concept itself. On applying that concept to her & SW situation like you said is another story though.

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