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Vampire Detective: Episode 7

Yay, today’s episode sucks—but only in the way we want it to! But that’s what Vampire Detective so desperately needed: a healthy dose of vampirism and kickass. Time is of the essence, and San must race against the clock to protect the people who are dear to his heart. Learning about the past tells us more about this world than the present ever has in this series, and I am so very grateful for it.

If that weren’t enough already, worlds will collide in unexpected ways in this hour, leaving many with heart pangs in its wake.

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EPISODE 7: “Client of the Night”

It seems Jung Ji-woong has secured his ticket out of jail—he’s taken down to the docks where he’s given a fake identity (so he can lay low for a while) and told to wait until the next boat arrives.

But Jung knows there won’t be any boat, and is unsurprised by the group of suits approaching him. Their leader is a familiar face: Kang Tae-woo, who flips open and closes his lighter over and over again.

Looks like Tae-woo was the one who arranged Jung’s release, and the latter chuckles that he knows someone who’s looking for Yoo-jin. “Is he the one you’re scared of?” he asks tauntingly.

Next thing we know Tae-woo throws Jung into a pile of barrels with superhuman strength. Jung pulls out a knife, but Tae-woo avoids his swiping attacks with ease. He bides his time until he grabs hold of Jung and kicks him down again.

When he grabs Jung by the jaw, Jung stabs him in the gut. Unflinching, Tae-woo takes his wrist and pierces himself deeper before removing the knife. Plucking the knife out of his hands, Tae-woo slices his arm then stabs Jung in the chest.

“Do you get it now?” Tae-woo breathes. “It’s that son of a bitch who should be scared… not me.” With that, he removes the knife and stabs Jung in the heart again. As blood splatters on his face, his eyes glow red and we see a glimpse of his fangs.

As promised, San enters a nightclub to meet Yo-na, but he’s thrown for a loop to see Gu-hyung, Gyeo-wool, Doctor Hwang, and Se-ra all there too. He leaves the group to meet with Yo-na upstairs and barred from getting anywhere near her by her bodyguard.

So San engages in a fight with him, which is quickly diffused by an uninterested Yo-na. She’s called him here to put his master-lackey relationship to the test, then leads him through the dancing area, where San notices that everyone—save for his friends—has fangs and drinking red beverages.

Once outside, he’s quick to ask if Yo-na turned all the clubbers in there herself. She gives a vague answer, then asks him to find someone for her. She’s even gone ahead to hold his friends hostage here at the club to make sure he’ll do it.

She has her reasons for this urgent request, and San has until 6 AM to find who she’s looking for… or else his friends will die. She knows San has no choice in the matter, but she does sweeten the deal by offering to accompany him. So they leave together right around 1 AM.

Yo-na remains mum about who she’s looking for, and she sends him off once they arrive at a wine warehouse. San makes it clear that he’s only agreed in order to save his friends, because he would’ve already killed her.

After San gets out of the car, Yo-na takes out a photo that’s ripped down the middle of a handsome young man from her bag. It triggers old memories, back when Yo-na was still human and her mother ran a boardinghouse.

She was called Eun-hae then and unimpressed by their tenant Dal-soo. But her heart skipped a beat upon their newest boarder’s arrival—the young man in Yo-na’s photo: Joo Young-kwang.

Back in the present, San’s vampiric abilities are ignited when he sees a wine spill (or is it blood?) on the floor. He can envision the office in a corner and rifles through the files on the desk. Even if we don’t know what San’s looking for, he does, as he pockets a stub.

He rifles through the trash, where he pauses on a unique item on the list: a sun lamp. He runs out when he hears a commotion, then sees a shadow dart past. Yo-na has seen the unexpected rat too, and when San asks if there are other people looking for the same person she’s looking for, she doesn’t answer.

They head to a ritzy barbershop written on the stub, where the owner remarks that San must be new. That suggests the man remembers all of his clients, so San asks at the very beginning of his old-fashioned shave if the owners knows of Joo Young-kwang.

The owner hesitates, and San says Joo Young-kwang came here two days ago. The owner warns that he could nick San if he keeps talking, and Yo-na remarks on the oddity of a clean-shaven man like San getting a close shave right now.

San knocks the owner to the ground, then uses a towel to bring down the two lackeys. Yo-na steps in and starts choking the owner, telling him that she’s not as lenient as San—if he doesn’t squeal, he’ll die.

San follows the man’s line of sight to his cell phone, where all the calls are made to “Blue Moon.” The current time: 2:30 AM.

Over at the club, Se-ra fumes while Gu-hyung dances with another woman. She seems to be more peeved that someone other than herself is the center of attention, then gets up to show her best moves. Gu-hyung bows out, and Gyeo-wool wonders what’s gotten into everyone tonight.

She tries calling San, but he’s busy asking Yo-na what she’ll do once she finds the man she’s looking for. Yo-na says that’s none of his business and smirks to see that they’ve picked up a tail.

We’re transported back to the past: Yo-na/Eun-hae is running late so the handsome oppa Young-kwang offers her a ride to school. On his bike, she comments that he’ll be a great doctor, to which he says he needs to be a skilled doctor. She wonders if her father could’ve lived longer if he were her father’s doctor.

Clinging to him, she asks that he be her primary doctor. He promises to take care of her to the end if she ever falls ill, and she giggles. He can’t hide a smile when she adjusts his collar, then stops as if to say something before dismissing it.

Cut to the present, where a man stops in a dark alley to make a call. Someone rests a hand on his shoulder—it’s San, who punches him. A few more takedowns subdues him, and Yo-na picks up the ringing phone and tells the person on the other end that he must not have found Young-kwang yet either.

San gets frustrated when Yo-na remains vague about what’s going on, but she reminds him to only worry about the fates of his friends. He stops on the side of the road and grabs her in a chokehold, only to let go seconds later.

It’s then Yo-na shares that San won’t be the only one to lose someone should he fail—Joo Young-kwang will die too. They arrive at Blue Moon, which they find strange that it’s still open for business.

San gets right to the point with the owner, who doesn’t answer his query about Young-kwang. Yo-na’s eyes turn red when she sniffs the wine from the warehouse they visited earlier… and notes that it isn’t red wine.

Even though Yo-na walks off, San keeps asking about Young-kwang and picks up another clue: a business card for Nosferatu. Ha, way to keep those old vampy classics references rolling.

While Yo-na takes her sweet time freshening up her makeup, we enter another flashback: She’s out shopping with her friend and pines over a dress she can’t afford to buy. She dreams of getting married soon after graduation to Young-kwang.

She brightens to see him at the same mall, and she fixes his collar again as they walk back together. She confesses that there was a floral dress she liked there, but then her face falls when he asks who her friend was. She pouts with jealousy, and he smiles.

She’s still upset when they eat breakfast together, but she softens when he places a piece of meat on her rice. Stick a fork in me, I’m done. She casually asks when he’ll finish class today, and when Dal-soo says he’s free, she rejects him.

And that’s when her friend So-yeon pops by to say hi to the handsome oppa… dressed in the floral dress she’d been hoping to buy. Betrayal.

He sees her sulking, then asks if So-yeon buying that dress was the only thing she was upset about. She admits that she didn’t like how he kept staring at her friend, and he inches closer to her before softly kissing her. Ahh, I know Yo-na’s evil, but this is cuteness overload!

Back in the present, Yo-na explains to San that it might be the last time she gets to doll herself up.

3:50 AM. Yo-na’s employee prevents a vampire clubber from getting a taste of Gu-hyung. Gyeo-wool is exhausted and suggests that they leave, and Gu-hyung finds it strange that they still can’t contact San.

As Gu-hyung and Se-ra head back to the dance floor, Gyeo-wool leaves Doctor Hwang behind to follow Yo-na’s long-haired employee to the bathroom. Gah, that can’t be good.

There she notices a pair of girls passed out on the couch, and the clubber who nearly bit Gu-hyung washes her hands of blood. Just as Gyeo-wool leaves, the bathroom stall door opens to reveal a woman, bitten and unconscious.

Gyeo-wool rejoins the group insisting that they should leave, but Se-ra says they should dance a little longer. She’s stopped by the long-haired employee who says that staying for San will be for everyone’s benefit.

It’s at this moment Gyeo-wool notices people biting each other’s necks and agrees to wait.

Yo-na and San roll into the bar Nosferatu, and the man behind the counter looks mighty familiar (Is that you, Dr. Blood?). Showing him the photo, Yo-na asks if he knows who this is, and the bartender says this man isn’t here. San: “We asked you if you knew him, not if he was here.”

Pouring them two glasses, the bartender agrees to tell them about Young-kwang if they find someone for him: a prosecutor who disappeared three years ago—Min Tae-yeon. Ahhh, it is you, Dr. Blood!

Yo-na says they can look into that matter once she has more time on his hands (why, why would you tease the Vampire Prosecutor universe like that!) and San promises to find Tae-yeon. Oh you better.

We’re thrown back to the past as Yo-na/Eun-hae waits with the rest to celebrate her birthday. She lights up when she hears the door…

… and the camera cuts to Young-kwang arrive to see… no one. He opens the door to a horrific sight: Eun-hae’s mother, Dal-soo, and Eun-hae dead. He drops the bag in his hand, which contains the floral dress Eun-hae had wanted.

He gathers Eun-hae up in his arms and sees the puncture wound on her neck. Sometime later in the hospital, he gasps to see her drinking another patient’s blood, to which she says she was so thirsty.

A woman walks alone at night and hastens her steps when she feels a shadow following her. But it’s too late because she’s knocked out with a steel pipe… by Young-kwang. Holy shit.

He has her bound and gagged, then stabs her dead in order to collect blood for Eun-hae, who greedily downs the bottle. A moment of realization hits her and she drops the bottle, and he picks it up hastily.

She cries that she should’ve died too than live this damned life, and Young-kwang says it wasn’t her fault and embraces her. “I’m going to protect you, no matter what,” he promises.

Thus begins Young-kwang setting up a private space where he uses his medical knowledge to harvest blood from bodies for Eun-hae while she remains holed up in a room. He perfects the method over the years, and one night ten years later, he finds her gone.

He searches the streets and finds her feeding on a human in an alley. Her eyes still red, she bares her fangs when he scolds her, then her eyes turn dark again as she tells him how trapped she’s felt and dependent in that room.

She asks why he keeps feeding her, and he kills the human before telling her that he won’t ever let her hands get dirty. “I’m going to make a gang for you.”

That’s how the pints of blood came in and how Young-kwang started up the Glory and Jonas wine (that bears Yo-na’s signature logo) that bottled the blood. When she asks why he looks exhausted, he replies, “Because I’m a human.”

Annoyed, she tells him that he had an opportunity to become a vampire like herself, and he says he passed because she needs someone like him. She adjusts his collar like old times, but he turns away when she tries to kiss him.

She asks if he’s afraid of her becoming a monster, and that’s what finally sets him off. He says haltingly, “Because of you… I also became a monster. What else do you want from me?”

“Monster?” she asks. “Did someone tell you to become one?” Young-kwang sighs, “Fine, let’s just call it a sacrifice.” That sounds like an awfully convenient excuse to her ears as she says that there’s a finality when humans make sacrifices. “Nothing in this world is forever anyway,” he replies.

Some time later, Young-kwang catches Yo-na/Eun-hae making out with another man (vampire?) in the warehouse. He says nothing, which only infuriates her more.

Yo-na and San pull up to another building where they finally meet Young-kwang, who’s now a much older man. Relieved, she hugs him and readjusts his collar.

She takes his arm, but he gently removes it as another woman approaches: So-yeon. Putting the pieces together, Yo-na asks, “Was it because of her?”

Young-kwang steps back to stand next to So-yeon, and she remarks on how much her friend as aged. So-yeon asks for Yo-na to let Young-kwang go, but Yo-na finds it all insufferable and shrieks at her to shut up.

“What do you know about him?” she sneers. “Joo Young-kwang is no longer than man you knew. Oppa’s mine.” She gives Young-kwang the chance to choose, and he takes her hand and says, “I really wanted to become the day for you. But now I’ve grown tired. I want to leave everything behind and leave.”

He makes a move to leave, but Yo-na holds onto him: “You said you’d protect me.” Young-kwang: “There’s nothing I can do for you now. Please–”

“You said you’d protect me,” Yo-na hisses. “You said you’d protect me to the end!” Young-kwang takes So-yeon, and that’s when Yo-na shrieks an order to San: “Kill that bitch. If you want to save your friends, kill that bitch right now!”

San says that his work is done, but Yo-na is too emotional to hear him out. Then she marches up to So-yeon and bites her. She cackles, then her face still stained with blood, she asks Young-kwang to leave with her. “It’s all over.”

“All right, let’s put an end to this,” Young-kwang agrees. He presses a button that suddenly illuminates the entire hallway. Yo-na screams in pain and San rushes to cover her with his jacket as Young-kwang escapes with So-yeon.

San also sees someone else: Tae-woo. He gives chase, just as the clock reminds us of the time: 5:50 AM. Back at the club, Gyeo-wool looks on nervously as a group of vampire clubbers surround her friends. She tries calling San again, but doesn’t get through.

Back to San, who loses the car Tae-woo is in. The final few minutes tick past, and San barely has ten seconds left before running back to Yo-na.

 
COMMENTS

Now that’s what you call a down to the wire suspenseful episode. I definitely don’t like how the vampires are crowding around our private investigation team like hungry undead vultures, but I doubt that any harm will come to them, not when we have more episodes ahead of us.

After dragging its narrative feet for weeks now, I’m so happy that the show has expanded the dramaverse beyond our little team and the case-of-the-week. I hadn’t expected that the expansion would come in the form of learning practically everything about Yo-na, from living as a human to her transition to her life as a bloodsucker. Much like Gu-hyung, we’ve learned an incredible deal about her and giving us valuable information about how and why she’s become the vampire she is today.

What impresses me most is how the show rooted her in the past with a typical girl meets boy story, with idyllic dreams for the future. With every glimpse to her past, I could sympathize with her desires, the betrayal she felt from her friend, and the innocent love she initially shared with Young-kwang. It’s tragic how she was turned into a vamp on her birthday, and downright horrifying how Young-kwang would kill people in order to harvest the blood so she could survive. It’s unclear if he kept killing in order to refine his process over ten years, but the fact that he would go that far for the woman he loves is just… wow. It’s indescribably harrowing and ghastly.

But we know that at a certain point, that love waned and Young-kwang built up a blood-masquerading-as-blood business for Yo-na. He distributed that everywhere around the city, even giving us a worlds collide moment with Dr. Blood. And oh man, San—if you don’t keep your promise to find the Vampire Prosecutor, we will have words (seriously, Vampire Detective is a Yeon Jung-hoon cameo too much to ask? Wait, I take it back—it’s too painful). Ahem, in any case, there are still plenty of questions left unanswered, like what incited Yo-na to find Young-kwang that night in the first place. Given how Young-kwang was able to escape with his life, I’m hoping that that’s not the last we see of him, or that we’re given more answers… which I realize is a hard thing to come by in this series.

But then again, I do see a glimmer of hope, primarily in Gyeo-wool. I love that she’s inquisitive, picking up on clues that might not get answered right away. She’s the only one at the club who worries where San is, and is sober enough to realize that the people in this club aren’t exactly human. Yet what I want to know is why blood masquerading as red wine needs to be poured into a decanter, at all—surely that can’t be good for the oxidation process. But what do I know? I’m just a human.

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I don't know if I'm relieved enough at the return to vampirism to watch again or too disappointed it took this long for it to matter. It took over HALF THE SEASON to get us to the main mythology? Really, show?!

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San, you better find Taeyeon!
OCN, you better give us VP3...!
Is it too much to ask for a closure? Sigh.

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Just out of curiosity... I haven't seen any of the VP series. Did VP2 ended on a cliffhanger?? And is it worth watching the series? I honestly see no point if they're going to end it in a cliffhanger like The Three Musketeers did on season 1 just because seasons 2 and 3 got scrapped.

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Yo-na became resentful of the very one who sacrificed to be her daytime and became a monster for her to the tune of bottling Bloody Marys as wine for nighttime distribution. It wasn't pretty. But at least we're finally getting some vampire instead of just detective - although I'm not sure it's enough to make up for six episodes of lag. San's life sucks (and it looks like his old friends' lives do too). Now he's up against the clock to avoid a sucky life for his new friends. Why did he save Yo-na from the light cuz he didn't have to...plus he wasn't affected by the light because his infection is a vampire of a different color. So maybe he can convert back somehow?

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VP2 ended with a cliffhanger but VP1 didn't, so you can just watch season 1 :)

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True but VP2 was SO DAMN GOOD it's worth the arghhh at the end, I think.

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Yes! The angst is definitely worth it. *whimper*

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If you end up watching VP, my advise for you is to complete Season 1 and stop. If they happen to start filming for VP3, then only you start with VP2. Otherwise you will just keep on ranting about the unfairness of it like me, while OCN is busy churning out new shows ?
And to answer your question, yes, It ended on a massive cliffhanger. Won't spoil it for you though ?
I would definitely recommend the series if you're enjoying VD.

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Seconded!
And a Yeon Jung Hoon cameo WILL be too painful! I want the WHOLLLLEEEE team!

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Does yona know about sans vampire abilities??

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Leave yona... does San know he is a vampire... ?

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I don't think San is a vampire. He might be human with vampire abilities. He doesn't have craving for blood and I have never seen any fangs from him. So, hopefully, he is still human. Well, he is at heart though

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The doctor said San's blood properties were unique - he doesn't crave blood and light doesn't affect him, either. Although his bullet wound healed. His ability to "see" events when there's blood is curious, too.

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Yo-na became resentful of the very one who sacrificed to be her daytime and became a monster for her to the tune of bottling Bloody Marys as wine for nighttime distribution. It wasn’t pretty. But at least we’re finally getting some vampire instead of just detective – although I’m not sure it’s enough to make up for six episodes of lag. San’s life sucks (and it looks like his old friends’ lives do too). Now he’s up against the clock to avoid a sucky life for his new friends. Why did he save Yo-na from the light cuz he didn’t have to…plus he wasn’t affected by the light because his infection is a vampire of a different color. So maybe he can convert back somehow?

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I know right, I don't understand why he saved Yona from the UV light, when this would have been the perfect opportunity to get rid of her. Maybe it's instinctive with him, this urge to save damsels in distress....

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He saved Yo Na so she could make the call to save his friends. Otherwise....

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The detective stuff is good and so is vampire .. Does they mix it well No... Every time they shift it becomes two different story...

Find Taeyoen even better, get lessons on vampire and detective mixture.. ..

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Gyeo-Wool has been dringking red wine in the morning in a couple of episodes which makes me think that she is a vampire herself and that the red wine is in fact blood. Well, at least that's what I hope cause I want San to have a vampire friend, and it would be a nice twist!

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Or even a girlfriend. Even though OCN doesn't do romance, a little sprinkle won't hurt nobody....

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Except....that doesn't explain how's she's able to walk in sunlight?? Only San can but the rest of the vampires live in darkness. And San is the only one with the special blood.

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Her brother is the one who injected San with the super vampire blood, maybe she was exposed to it herself at some point while he was still alive?

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Find him. Find our Vampire Prosecutor. Find him in the final episode. And then cameo in Vampire Prosecutor 3 in 2016. Those are my demands! (Cue evil laughter.)

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Then they can rename it vampire law and order ?

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I can't believe I just snorted! Your comment was superb!

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I hope for the same thing too! No need to do vampire detective season 2 but just continue with VP3 , san can just do a cameo and it is more than enough

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Flicking lighter again and again...another VP 1 & 2 allusion. Oh, the teasing, it's killing me.

Still, glad VD is on track now. Expectations were high for this one. Hasn't met them yet but this is a good get-it-on.

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Thank you for the recap. This episode was better, I suppose, but still no info about our male lead.

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Man, why are ratings for this week's episode so low (0.8%)? :( ?

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Honestly I couldn't care less about Yoona. I want to see the scooby gang do their sleuthing and was disappointed that this episode gave them nothing to do but sit in a club or dance...a waste of an hour for me!

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I liked this episode, dark and Lee Joon just being bad ass and looking great doing it. Yoona isn't just evil she's batty. Oppa's tired. I guess. He spent a decade and some change draining and disposing of bodies. Then another hiding from you and building an army. I'd be tired too. I'll give this show one thing in goes all in on the crazy and evil.

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All I gotta say is, I'm kind of bummed that they took this badass character Yo-na, and turned her into this blubbering pathetic mess, crying after a human man who will die and leave her anyway.

The writing seems inconsistent with what we know about Yo-na how tough and kick ass she was in previous episodes. I am disappointed. At least this episode showed some traction on the overarching arc of finding out what happened to San's old girlfriend and best bud, otherwise, I could say that the series itself has been disappointing. I had so much expectations of it, but I love the actors and think they are doing a bang up job.

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You know how it goes with shows and stories... no matter how badass you are there will always be one that turns you into a blubbering mess/noble idiot. I'm hoping this last act of betrayal will be so devastating to her that she will return to being a badass permanently with no more lingering human emotions

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Does anyone know who the actor is who played the young Young-kwang?

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Seeing Vamps drinking blood on bottles reminds me of True Blood!

and I wish San find Min Tae Yon faster! I Miss my VP badly!

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I am super confused haha. Does san know if he is a vampire??

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I've enjoyed the case of the week and liked the slow buildup with not too much biting and gore. In fact I thought this episode rather boring because I don't care about the female vampire back story unless it ties in later, which it should. Guess I'll have to watch Vampire Prosecutor now. Maybe I'll re watch this episode since you liked it. Don't get your sympathy though.

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I got that sudden thought that the ultimate big baddy vampire from VP2 (either Red Eyes or that person who *spoiler-spoiler* kidnapped TY) could have killed Yo-na's family 8|a

Also my suspicions regarding San actually not being a vampire grew stronger.

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