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The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 5

I was all set to gush about the Goblin-Reaper’s deadpan bickering being my favorite thing about this show, but then the show went and pulled a big dramatic move, which suddenly makes the light banter feel small in comparison. Even so, the episode is full of laugh-out-loud moments and heightened roommate hijinks. Let’s enjoy them while we can.

 
EPISODE 5 RECAP

In Quebec, Shin thumbs through Eun-tak’s book of poems, stopping to read “The Physics of Love” just as Eun-tak calls out to him from across the street. She lights up with joy when Shin makes the crosswalk lines change colors as she steps on them.

She runs up to him full of excitement over the crosswalk “red carpet” as he finishes the poem: “My heart / From the sky to the ground / Continued to swing dizzyingly like a pendulum / It was first love.”

He looks at her with such a serious gaze that she thinks he’s upset with her. His mood remains somber as return to Seoul, and as he drives home, Eun-tak offers to walk to cut the ride short. She’s hurt at his ready agreement, and Shin doesn’t even look her way when she gets out of the car.

He returns home thinking of Eun-tak, then of the moment he was stabbed with the sword. Suddenly, he’s hit with a wave of agony and recalls the god’s declaration that only the goblin bride could pull out the sword and return him to nothingness. It seems the pain from the sword only comes in bouts, and this time it fades quickly, though he’s left shaken.

Eun-tak walks home listening to a radio program, and the DJ says that sometimes a strange genre will pop up in your life. She asks which genre described everyone’s life tonight: heart-pounding rom-com, strange and beautiful fantasy, or sad melodrama. Hey, are you watching this drama too?

Suddenly the audio squawks, and Eun-tak looks around nervously. Uh-oh, is this not a radio-related issue? Eun-tak turns away when she sees a girl off in the distance looking at her, but the girl (ghost) appears in front of her with pleading eyes. Eun-tak can’t continue ignoring her, and she tells the ghost to approach her normally instead of being all scary.

The ghost begs Eun-tak for a favor: to fill her refrigerator in her gosiwon room, because when her mother comes, it’ll pain her to see it empty. Eun-tak says apologetically that she has no money, then thinks of an idea that sends her to the gosiwon room armed with juices, ready-made lunches, and fancy chocolates. (Hotel snacks?)

Eun-tak also makes the bed and tidies the room, and the ghost gives her a heartfelt thanks. Later, when Mom comes to her dead daughter’s room, she looks around with eyes full of emotion, taking in how her daughter lived. At the sight of the full refrigerator, Mom breaks down in tears, while her daughter cries behind her.

The ghost arrives at Reaper’s tearoom, where he gives her tea and tells her she worked hard in this life, and to go carefully into the next life.

Sunny returns to the bridge where she met Reaper, and to her shock actually sees him there today. She pelts him with questions, like whether this is coincidence and why he never called.

Reaper says in his awkward way, “I will. Right now.” He starts to leave so he can call from home where the phone is, which naturally makes no sense to Sunny. She points out that they just met (meaning, we can just talk right here), but he misinterprets that as a reminder of manners and says, “Nice to see you.”

She suggests coffee instead of a phone call, which takes them to a cafe where Reaper silently drinks four iced Americanos in a row. Ha, did you interpret “Let’s get coffee” as “Let’s just get coffee”? Sunny asks if he’s just going to sit drinking coffee, pointing out that the sun has gone down. Again taking the literal route, Reaper just agrees that the daylight was short.

Sunny says it wasn’t short for her, sitting here while he didn’t talk, and asks frustratedly, “Aren’t we going to exchange greetings? Aren’t we going to talk?” Reaper immediately bows his head and makes a greeting.

After an exasperated moment, Sunny goes with it, and speeds through the pleasantries of conversation: “Yes, and how have you been? Is my ring doing well? Do you still have no cell phone?” Reaper rattles off, “Yes, I have been well. The ring is well. I have no cell phone.” Oh my god, this could go on all day, but I would watch it all day.

Sunny guesses that he forgot her name, but he proudly announces it as Sun-hee. She starts to protest, then laughs and calls him funny, asking if this is his concept. Man, she must really like him.

She notices him staring and asks impatiently what he’s looking at. Reaper says that he couldn’t help not looking when she laughed, and that appeases her. But when she asks his name, Reaper’s face goes sad.

Next thing we know, Reaper and Goblin are sitting morosely at the dining table, one with freezing hands, the other emanating blue fire. LOL, and then they exchange items—Reaper’s hand-chilled beer goes to Goblin, whose hand-warmed egg goes to Reaper. Love the mundane use of superpowers.

Reaper says dully, “She asked my name, but I don’t know my name. She asked how I was doing, too. To ask that of someone who doesn’t even live.”

Shin’s thoughts return to Eun-tak, and he thinks, “At her smile, recalling the moment my life crumbled in the sunlight of the hottest hour of day, I decided. I must disappear. Before I want to live longer, before I become happier. It’s a choice I must make for your sake—ending this life.”

Reaper says he can hear everything and asks if he really means to die. Shin says yes, before the first snow. They both drink and sigh.

At the hotel, Deok-hwa looks over a bill of charges and confronts Eun-tak over eating and drinking everything in the hotel refrigerator, including alcohol. Eun-tak reminds him that his grandfather told her to ask for anything she needed, and asks Deok-hwa to pay the bill, since she has no money. He admits pathetically that he doesn’t, either.

Eun-tak is surprised by a visit from Shin and asks if Deok-hwa oppa told her about the fridge incident. She asks if he can pay it for her, reminding him that he drank the liquor, and threatens to blow out every single candle and fill his day with back-and-forth trips.

Suddenly, all the candles blow out, and Shin tells her not to make any more wishes. A hurt look comes into her eyes, until he adds, “You won’t need to, because I’ll be with you constantly. Let’s go home.”

She asks if he loves her. He replies calmly, “If that’s needed, I can do that. I love you.”

He says it completely impassively, and they stand there staring at each other while it pours rain outside. Eun-tak asks, “Do you dislike me that much?” She thinks he dislikes her so much that he’s sad about it, causing the rain.

Still, she says that she’ll go live in his house anyway, using a turn of phrase meaning beggars can’t be choosers (i.e., being picky about hot rice or cold rice): “I’m not in a position to be choosy over a hot goblin or a cold one.” (Hot. Always go hot.)

On the drive home, Eun-tak looks sad at the sight of the continuing rain. When she asks what Shin’s name is, he doesn’t immediately reply, which she takes the wrong way. She says glumly, “I guess we aren’t ‘we’ yet.”

“I think it started before you were born,” Shin tells her. “We.”

Pausing at a red light, Shin lists some of the names he’s used before, and then his real name, Kim Shin. She smiles a tiny bit at that.

Reaper steps out with the trash just as they pull up to the house, and is shocked to hear she’s going to live here now. Then he recalls Shin’s thoughts about ending his life and grins, telling Eun-tak that he’s rooting for. He wishes her well on “her work,” which Eun-tak assumes refers to house chores.

But they’re stymied by the front door, namely the keypad with the passcode they’ve never used, since they don’t need doors. All Shin can figure is that it’s probably four digits, while Reaper knows they hit the star at the end. Eun-tak starts to give a speech about how it’s like that moment of fear before entering a haunted house at an amusement park, only to find that both men have already poofed inside the house. Shin opens the door from the inside, hee.

Inside, Deok-hwa gapes at Eun-tak and barrages her with who-what-why questions. (He reveals that the door code is 1004, a common pun: Spoken, it sounds like the word “angel.” Yup, that’s about the maturity level I’d expect of him.)

They show Eun-tak to an unused room currently used for storage, and Shin starts planning the decor like it’s an art gallery, while Reaper contradicts his color choices. Eun-tak settles on a compromise to incorporate both ideas: Shin’s romantic 19th-century-style wallpaper here, and Reaper’s pastel-colored hearth over there.

Eun-tak offers to sleep on the sofa tonight or even the flower bed outside, but Shin tells her to sleep in his bedroom, making two pairs of eyes bug out. He insists he didn’t mean that—and then takes his pillow into Reaper’s room and tells him in magnanimous sageuk speech, “I shall sleep in the bed, so do not worry yourself with me and sleep comfortably on the sofa.”

But when Reaper says he’ll make Eun-tak sleep in the flower bed, Shin relents and takes the sofa. (Shin: “Were you always this inconsiderate?” Reaper: “Yes.”)

In Shin’s room, Eun-tak spies her poem collection on the table, and next to it a handwritten journal and her laminated maple leaf. She’s pleased to see that he kept it after all and starts to read his journal, but gives up right away because she can’t read hanja.

We jump back centuries to when Shin first wrote in that journal, describing the warfare that ravages this foreign land as much as it did his homeland: “Foreign gods and Goryeo’s gods are all the same. I have buried the grandson of the grandson of the grandson I left Goryeo with.”

Shin continues, “My will is not something I write as death looms. God, my will is a plea to you to grant me death.”

We see Shin grappling with the sword in his chest as he continues, “There have been times when I considered this life a prize, but ultimately my life has been a punishment. I have never forgotten anyone’s death. Thus, I intend to end this life. But as ever, the gods are not listening.”

Lying awake that night, Shin asks, “Have you ever seen god? Are you maybe looking at god right now?” Reaper is not happy to be roused from sleep and grumps that a low man on the totem pole like him wouldn’t get to see god.

Shin says that he’s seen god once, and Reaper asks curiously what god looked like. Shin flashes back to lying in that field a thousand years ago in Goryeo, when a butterfly danced around and landed on his sword. “Just… a butterfly,” he says.

Reaper sighs, feeling like he can’t even harm a passing butterfly now. Shin muses, “If god showed me a face, I could at least resent him concretely. If it’s really true that god only gives you as much hardship as you can endure, I wonder if he hasn’t overestimated me.”

Reaper asks sincerely if he’s having a hard time, and Shin assures him that fog won’t be rolling in or anything. Reaper wonders, “How is it that we’ve never once seen the god that humans see all the time?”

In the morning, Eun-tak wakes up and smiles to remember that she’s at Shin’s house. She wonders if they’ll have fixings to make breakfast, then looks around the big empty room and says, “They have everything they should, but there’s something lonely about it.”

She’s thrilled to come downstairs and find the guys cooking—Shin with his meat and Reaper with his veggies, as usual—and says with excitement that it’s been a long time since anyone’s cooked food for her. Shin points out that they never said they were going to give her any, and she frowns.

But they share, of course, and Eun-tak sits between them at the long dining table, cleaning off a plate of both steak and salad. She says she’ll earn her keep and do all her own cooking and laundry, and notes that they seem to do all of their own housework unlike most rich people…

Then she turns around to find Goblin and Reaper in another silverware battle, floating a pair of knives between them with kung fu mind control and taunting each other like a couple of children. Reaper: “Have you been practicing in secret?” Eun-tak says dryly that this is why they can’t have workers in the house, and they drop the knives, chastened.

Eun-tak says she’s written a few things down and clears her throat before reading it to them: “Letter of plea: 1. I would like it if it didn’t rain often. It causes the citizens discomfort, so while I’m living here, please be happy.” Reaper wags a finger at Shin.

She continues, “2. If you have a complaint, please say so in words. I would like it if you refrained from taking me away, or saying that you’ll take me away, or actually taking me away.” Now it’s Shin’s turn to wag a finger at Reaper. Number 3 asks for them to call her instead of materializing out of nowhere all the time, and she leaves her phone number with the caveat that school, work hours, and library time are off-limits.

Eun-tak leaves for school, and Reaper and Shin stare at the letter she’s left on the fridge like it’s written in code. Shin wonders, “Does it mean I should call her?” Reaper counters, “Or she knows we don’t have cell phones and she’s belittling us?”

Cue: Two shiny new cell phones arriving at the house, courtesy of Deok-hwa. Reaper picks the black one, of course, and Shin switches to sageuk tone to tell Deok-hwa that Reaper is excitable because he’s never seen one of these before, but he himself knows alllll about smartphones and doesn’t need a tutorial, thank you very much.

Deok-hwa is skeptical, insisting that the smartphone is very smart, but Shin will hear none of it and says he needs no help. Deok-hwa says they’ll start by going to the Google Play Store, and Shin immediately stands up to put on his coat to go to this store. Pffft. He instructs Reaper to put a coat on, and Deok-hwa just watches them with his mouth open.

Reaper and Shin sit in their respective rooms and attempt a video call to each other, but Reaper just holds the phone to his ear and waves a hand in front of his face going, “I can’t see your face!” Shin instructs, “Is it on your ear? Take it off! Your arm! Put it far away!”

Reaper complies like a robot, stretching his arm out but not understanding why, still looking for Shin’s face in front of him instead of in the phone. Hahaha.

At school, Eun-tak does an internet search on Kim Shin and is impressed to find that he was a general, calling it a stable government job. She wonders why the information on him is so scant, disappointed that that’s all there is.

Eun-tak is surprised to get a call from Shin, and they go shopping for things she’ll need at the house. She says she didn’t know he’d use a smartphone, and he rattles off the phone’s specs like a big geek, thinking that it makes him seem knowledgeable.

Eun-tak stops in front of a stuffed toy and says it’s Shin—it’s a goblin who knows that people are afraid of him, so he wears his favorite buckwheat jelly as a hood to disguise himself. “Isn’t it so cute? You know what I’m saying, right?” she says with a long pause. Cut to: Goblin and sidekick toy in their shopping cart.

She runs around excitedly adding this and that, and finally decides to stop because it’ll be too much to carry out when she leaves the house. He raises an eyebrow at that, and she points out that you never know how things will end between men and women. Shin just counters, “Who said I’d let you take them with you?”

That night, Reaper does his reaper paperwork, signing receipts for every dead soul. No wonder Reaper is an old fuddy-duddy, when his job hasn’t modernized with the times. He signs with the name all reapers use, Messenger Kim, and that reminds him of Sunny asking his name.

Apparently he didn’t know how to answer, so he just got up to leave. Sunny had chased him outside the cafe, confused, and he’d said he was sensitive about his name. Then he’d asked for the receipt that she took to claim a refill, because his office is so strict about them.

Now, Reaper pulls out Sunny’s number, and struggles to save it into his new phone. He has trouble typing and ends up just saving it with typos: Su Nny not Sun-hee. Wait, after all that you’re not even going to call?

Shin and Eun-tak return home, and he tells her that her room has been made “mostly livable,” which means brand-new furniture and full decor.

Shin asks if she likes it, holding up his hands as though to claim credit for doing with his own hands. He says, “I had it done in the spirit of one who does it himself.” Sure, that’s totally the same thing. He leaves her with the instruction to tiptoe because his room is below, but once he’s back in his room, he smiles to hear each amplified sound, picturing what she’s doing.

Reaper drops by to ask her a question, and Eun-tak hilariously jumps to the wrong conclusion, thinking he’s going to carry her off and arguing that she’s got a family and a husband now.

Reaper clarifies that he just wants to know what man’s name women like, since he doesn’t have one. She’s surprised to hear it since Shin has a name, and when Reaper hears what it is, he pouts jealously.

Eun-tak asks him about names he likes, and he goes through a couple, clocking her (non)reaction to them all. So Eun-tak gives him three names representative of what women like: Hyun Bin, Won Bin, Kim Woo-bin. Reaper catches her drift, and ponders possible Bin names.

Deok-hwa drives Eun-tak back from school the next day and wonders if Reaper really is going to make himself a name like those actors. She says he’s hardly in a position to criticize when his name is Yoo Deok-hwa (Andy Lau’s name Koreanized). Deok-hwa sighs, explaining that Shin was really into Andy Lau in the year he was born; to this day, Deok-hwa refuses to watch Infernal Affairs because of it.

Eun-tak directs Deok-hwa to drop her off in front of Sunny’s chicken shop, and he’s dismayed to find that she works there, because he was planning to close down all the storefronts. He meets with his grandfather’s secretary to cancel those plans, only to hear that the secretary never even started. Heh.

Deok-hwa asks if his grandfather had anything to convey to him, hoping for his credit card. The only thing the secretary has for him, though, is a message for Eun-tak to take care for the upcoming college entrance exam.

Eun-tak busies herself with her studies in the coming days, and Shin drops off delicious and elaborate snacks, accompanied with notes saying that he knows she’s studying, but when she has some free time, maybe… she could help… with that sword…?

Haha, and then Reaper sneaks in a snack tray too (his is plain broccoli with hot pepper sauce) asking her to help that guy out with the sword, and to keep his encouragement a secret between them.

When she drops by the kitchen, Shin’s there to ask passive-aggressively what her dream is, since it’s keeping her too busy studying to do anything about any swords. Eun-tak answers readily that she wants to be a radio producer, and he complains that that wasn’t his point.

Eun-tak says that she’s been thinking she’ll defer “making him pretty” (i.e., pulling the sword), because once she does, it’ll take away her usefulness, and he might kick her out. He whines about her eating all those snacks, and she calls him out on his pettiness, saying he could have just given her that 5 million won and be done with it.

He asks why she asked specifically for that amount (about $5,000 USD), which isn’t even enough to put down a deposit on an apartment. Eun-tak replies that she wasn’t even being that greedy; it was calculated to cover the various fees and expenses she’d incur while registering for university and waiting to hit adulthood. To people as poor as her, she says, 5 million won is just as unattainable as 500 million.

That’s when Reaper sidles into the room to tell Shin to give her the money, as though he’s cruel for not having done so yet.

Then Reaper asks if his name is really Kim Shin, looking extra sad as he says, “Your name is really cool.” Aw, poor Reaper!

At the chicken shop, Eun-tak interrupts Sunny from an afternoon of glaring at her non-ringing phone to ask for advice. She asks to call her unni, and Sunny declares that coming to “unni” for help can only mean one thing: Eun-tak’s pregnant, right?

Eun-tak assures her that she isn’t, then asks what Sunny thinks of marrying young. Sunny asks how old he is and what he’s like, brushing aside the descriptions of liking books and art and serving his country, asking simply, “Is he good to you?” Sunny asks if she likes the guy (“No,” Eun-tak exclaims) and if the guy likes her (“…no,” she says slowly), and is confused at why marriage is even on the table. Eun-tak laughs uneasily and sees her point.

Eun-tak walks home thinking of how Shin had said he’d love her if necessary, and how flatly he’d said he loved her. She says aloud, “I don’t need a love like that. And don’t you need it, either.” She grumbles that she won’t be making him pretty, hmph.

In a nearby bookshop, Shin jumps up from reading a book as soon as he sees Eun-tak pass by, and reappears at home to assume a casual pose. Notwithstanding his heaving chest from all that exertion, he acts like he was home the whole time.

Shin narrows his eyes and watches closely as Eun-tak joins Reaper in folding freshly laundered towels, pointedly complimenting him so Shin can overhear.

Shin attempts to divert attention back to himself by walking by with artwork and rattling off its pedigree like an art history professor. He asks for advice on where to hang it, but the other two ignore him in favor of their towels, leaving Shin to dance around in the background with the painting.

Reaper just asks about the red scarf, remembering it from when she was nine, and Eun-tak explains how it was her mother’s, and she wore it thinking that covering her birthmark would prevent her from seeing ghosts. Hit with more sympathy, Reaper turns puppy-dog eyes to Shin and requests, “Give her that 5 million.”

Shin complains to Eun-tak about having everything turn into a sad story, and she replies that she wasn’t talking to him. She and Reaper agree that Shin has a strange personality, talking about him like he’s not standing right there with furrowed brow and frowny face.

Eun-tak asks if Reaper has picked a name, and he starts to reply enthusiastically, only to have Shin cut in and say she ought to be studying. He needles her, saying she’ll fail her exam and never be a radio PD this way. Reaper calls that a cool career and gets her talking about her dream, and Shin is cut out of the loop again. (Ha, who knew Reaper could out-converse anybody? Shin’s stock has taken a dive today.)

Shin gets possessive over the conversation topic, saying she’d told him about wanting to be a PD, and yet she’s talking to Reaper about it.

Eun-tak says that you talk with the people you live with, and Shin huffs that she isn’t living with any people. Eun-tak suggests that Reaper consider Park Bo-gum a potential name, emphasizing the last syllable because it means sword.

The bickering escalates, with Eun-tak blaming Shin for her birthmark, Shin huffily looking past her hair to declare the birthmark pretty, and Eun-tak taking offense to him “hitting” her hair and saying that he got his sword stuck in him for a reason. Shin gasps, asking if she’s a psychopath to hit him exactly where it hurts.

She calls him a psycho too, reminding him that he was the one who said she wasn’t a goblin’s bride and should live in reality. He exclaims that he was doing it for her benefit, and she yells back, “If you’re doing things for my benefit, hand over my boyfriend!” She lists her original three wishes, saying that it didn’t come true, and Shin yells right back, “He’s right here, your boyfriend! Right in front of you—me!

Silence. Pause. Awkward frozen moment in time.

They both look away uncertainly and fidget for a while, while Reaper shoots them a dry look. Then they simultaneously dash for their rooms.

In her room, Eun-tak acts like she’s put out by Shin’s words while looking pleased. Shin, meanwhile, notes that he’s more appropriately a husband than a boyfriend, and wonders if he should go back to correct the discrepancy. He sighs that it’s a troubling situation, but smiles like a little boy.

The next day, Reaper sits at the table, grumbling about the other two and how he can’t even call Sunny because of his lack of a name. He sits there all day, brooding until darkness falls and Deok-hwa and Shin join him.

Shin guesses that a woman is at the root of Reaper’s gloom. Reaper blusters defensively, but Deok-hwa sees the phone number with the lipstick kiss, teasing Reaper about kissing the paper in secret.

Shin dials while Reaper is distracted, and hands him the phone when Sunny answers. Reaper shoves his hand aside, which accidentally sends his phone flyyyying across the room. He freezes time to calmly pluck the frozen phone out of the air, clears this throat and practices a few lines, trying to decide on a strategy for answering the call.

HA, then Shin unfreezes to offer his advice, explaining that he can freeze time too. He stuffs a dinner roll in Deok-hwa’s mouth, then restarts time.

Reaper finally says hello into the phone, and Sunny gets bristly, noting that he does know how to use a phone after all. Taking her sarcastic comments literally, he assures her that his fingers didn’t break and that her number is doing fine right here.

She prods him to say more, so he asks for an example of what he might be expected to say. Then he parrots her example back at her: “Morning, lunch, or dinner, which is most convenient for you?” Sunny replies that she prefers meeting in the morning and separating at night.

The next day, Reaper heads out for his date, trying his best to do everything to be “most human-like.”

Shin and Eun-tak have their first run-in after his awkward declaration, and they both recoil nervously. “Ji Eun-tak!” “Yes?” “What?” “You just called me.” “I did?” “Yes.” “Why?” “I don’t know, why?”

Shin thinks why, and says it’s because he felt awkward. She says the same, and then offers to say “very naturally” that she’s hungry, and he offers to then reply naturally about going to eat meat.

They walk into the same fancy steakhouse they’d visited before in Quebec—and as Eun-tak heads to a table, time suddenly slows waaaaay down for Shin. He watches people moving at half-speed and Eun-tak taking a phone call—and then, suddenly, she looks different. Older. Dressed like an adult.

Eun-tak turns to greet her lunch partner, an unseen CEO, seemingly not seeing Shin sitting in front of her. “At 29, you’re still bright,” Shin says, looking at her with sad eyes. “But I am not there next to you. My life’s immortality has come to an end. After my death, you and your life after my disappearance have forgotten me and come to perfect completion. I must disappear. For the sake of you, who smiles prettily. The choice I must make is ending this life.”

And then, as we see scenes from their prior encounters, Shin disappears from the picture: Eun-tak stands alone in the Canadian street, points at nothing where she once pointed at the sword in his chest, and stands by the shore holding buckwheat flowers by herself.

Shin realizes, “In the end, I made that choice.” A tear falls down his face.

For a moment, it’s 19-year-old Eun-tak he’s sitting with, but then it’s back to grown-up Eun-tak, waiting for her partner, not seeing Shin.

 
COMMENTS

I’m not clear on the specifics of what we’re looking at in the last scene—premonition? Imagination? Manifestation of fear?—but it did effectively make my stomach drop. Till now, I’ve enjoyed the comedy aspect of this show the most, above the melo, because I suppose I don’t really know when Shin fell in love or feel like I buy it wholesale. I understand her better on this front, because her reactions, while contradictory, seem contradictory in a very human and realistic way. Maybe I’m not meant to quite understand the heart of a god, but I’m accepting what the show tells me about his heart because I want the story to work and I don’t want to challenge it too much. It’s not something I feel in my gut, though.

But in any case, the comedy has been the real highlight for me, because here’s where the banter crackles and the wordplay is light and easy, not forced in the way that drama wordplay can sometimes get. Plus, these characters are a hoot, and Reaper is fast becoming my favorite, with all his stiff, old-fashioned ways and inability to read beyond the literal meaning of words that are spoken. Plus, his budding alliance with Eun-tak tickled my fancy today for the way they conversed easily, which was doubly fun for the way it made Shin prance around like a puppy trying to demand attention and pouting when it went ignored.

That said, I’m starting to come around to the heart-twistiness of the melo line, because there’s something beautifully sad about a lonely, immortal soul being torn between life and death, wanting to live as a regular person for once while knowing that he can’t let this one chance at eternal rest go. That’s always been sad in theory, but today in that last scene we really got to see how that affected Shin, in the aftermath (is it aftermath if it hasn’t happened yet?)—imagined or not, the loss was real, of having Eun-tak not see him, not respond to him, and moving on with a life that doesn’t have him in it.

It certainly helps that Gong Yoo’s anguish was palpable and immediate, and moved me in a way I haven’t felt yet for his character. After living a thousand years, it makes sense for him to have adopted a mostly placid demeanor—what’s to get fussed about when it all passes?—and the calmness is both soothing and pitiful. But to see him moved to such pain was extra heart-pinching because it’s outside his normal scope of emotion—particularly after we’d just seen him so light-hearted and happy. Why is happiness so fleeting? Can’t a god catch a break around here?

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Definitely my new favourite show - loving it!

But, also look forward to discussing this episode more (thanks for the recaps to get us started)... not sure if the directing was all that deft with this one :/

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This show... when it's sad, I was bawling my heart out then when it's fun I was laughing till my belly hurt. Kim Eun Sook, you made my day.

I was intrigued by Grim Reaper and Sunny relationship. I'm pretty sure he's the king and by watching his behaviour in front of Sunny (the Queen), he must have really love the Queen. I wonder... how much pain he is in after she died knowing that he kill her?? He still keep her pictures

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He was pretty much a young king, still a teenager. His eunuchs/advisors were clearly controlling him.
Goryeo eunuchs were pretty powerful at one point in history even over military commanders. In order for the military leaders to get an audience with the king they had to go through his eunuchs which they usually refuse to grant. ("Age of Warriors" covers that timeline)

I'm guessing that the head eunuch probably riled up the young king with words of General Kim Shin's accomplishments on the battlefield and how the people worshipped him. That would caused him to rage with jealousy.
They probably convinced him that his queen and her brother were conspiring against him killing 2 birds with one stone.

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Anyone else think that the King and Goblin could have been really close back then? Almost like brothers. Maybe the king, goblin and goblin's sister (queen) were all really close. But stuff like jealousy, manipulation by the eunuch etc got in the way and broke their friendship?

That's why in the prev episode episode when Goblin was asked who put the sword in there, he replied it was someone whom he never thought would put it in there the first place (the sword was put in there following King's orders, therefore the King put it in there indirectly).

Perhaps we would see such scenes showing the rship between the two in future.

It would explain the strong/playful brotherhood we can see between Goblin and Grim Reaper (who is supposedly a reincarnation of the King) now.

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I think they were. He was his in law. Iirc, Shin told Dukkie at the restaurant that the king he protected was 17yrs old.

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While there's been a lot of speculation that the Reaper was the king, what if he were the Goblin's faithful lieutenant, the one who actually drove the sword into him in order to prevent his death at the king's hands?

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Totally agree, also I think that the reason reaper shed tears when he first met sunny, who j believe is a reincarnation of the queen, is because the King did indeed regret his queen's death. I just realised it today after watching episode 6 but isn't the person who played the baddie eunuch the same one as the secretary who follows deok-hwa around? Is that supposed to mean something? Hmm

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Right! In the first episode, I wondered why Shin insisted on advancing even at the cost of his men and his sister. My theory is he was trying to get to the eunuch to kill him, but couldn't do it at the cost of his family and servants. He knew the eunuch was up to no good and wanted to sever his influence over the young king. When the king dies and Shin comes back, the eunuch didn't look particularly sad. I assumed the king was quietly assassinated, and Shin was saying he was too late to save the king... okay that last one might be a reach lol. He did burn down the palace.

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Yes, your last thought may be a reach, but I had the same thought myself... lol!

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I thought the young queen's portraits were kept by Shin.

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Shin found the portraits by the king's deathbed, took one, and then burned the rest. Which is kind of super bittersweet--the king obviously regretted being lured into killing his queen, and Shin doesn't even want to give him one portrait to take into the afterlife with.

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Woah, I didn't think that far. This absolutely makes sense.

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That might explain why he can't remember her or maybe that was his punishment.

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Wait I thought the portraits were by the queen's death bed in her chamber? He went to see her but she had already been wrapped up in orange cloth and that's why he cried that he was "too late", and took a painting of her as he left?

I didn't get why he burned up the building though, I thought maybe he was cremating her... What you say makes a lot more sense though haha. Let me go watch that part again...

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@blues: It's sort of overtly cruel now that I think about it, but the king did deserve it too...

@Kiara: I wouldn't put the gods (god?) past giving him an almost-eternal punishment of not being able to remember the one person he's emotionally indebted to forever.

@Bobbie: I do think it was the king's deathbed though, because 1) the evil eunuch was there with another eeeevil official, and 2) the queen was labelled a traitor and wouldn't have received such a grand funeral. If anything she'd probably have been dumped into a mass grave with the rest of her family :(

I believe Shin said he was late because he realised that the king had died and he couldn't take his physical revenge anymore. I also noted the noticeably white beard and hair of the evil eunuch, so some time must have passed before the king died. I wonder what took Shin so long, though?

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@Bobbie

The queen died when the king ordered the members of Kim family to be executed.
Shin returned years later (eunuchs looked older with white beard) for revenge. He killed the eunuchs but the king had died already. That's why he said he was too late.

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Bobbie,

I also thought that the wrapped body was the queen. And the room filled with Queen's portrait are just random.Lol.

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Lol we both replied to Bobbie at the same time.

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@Kiara & kumoiwa, I don't think the queen was labeled as a traitor; she was a result of Kim Shin's decision to continue 'walking forwards' towards the king. When she was shot, she was dying but not dead yet. Though yeah it makes a lot more sense that she would have died quickly, and probably would not received such an elaborate burial, and that the chamber belonged to the king.

Now I'm confused how the king would have died before the eunuchs if the king was a teenager, and the eunuchs were much older?

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@Bobbie: IIRC, when one was labelled a traitor in the past his/her family was branded with the same tag and went down together with them. Most of the time the entire family would be executed, with very few exceptions, like when the ruler wanted to be seen as benevolent. But this king was probably so riled up by his eunuch that he was willing to kill his wife, which is actually kind of risky since he and Shin are related by marriage. If he killed his wife because she was Shin's sister, he'd have to theoretically kill himself too because he was Shin's brother-in-law. This was the main reason why most rulers didn't touch relatives of traitors (real or otherwise) if they happened to marry into the palace. But it does seem like the young king was so angry and led astray that he was willing to wager this. I wonder what he was told?

The king would have probably died of illness--the Wang royals were super inbred so the likelihood of genetic diseases was wayyyyy too high. Though in this case I'd like to be romantic and think that he died of a broken heart due to regret and grief haha.

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Bobbie, to quote grim reaper... there is no age for death. kids at 9 die, kids at 10 dies, king can die too.

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I could be wrong but if I remember correctly, she told him to walk towards the king. That's defying the king's command. If she wasn't a traitor before that then she was at that moment.

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Shin was obtained her picture from King's chamber.

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Yes. I realized that she was talking about then. I was talking about now and that Shin still have her portraits in his possession.

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Reaper Kim and Sin's combi is doing amazing job. Comedy is apt and i also liked Reaper scenes with Sunny.

Killing your own queen feels quite foolish if she isn't related to the Kim Shin.

At 1st i thought that kim shin visited queen's place and then burned it down but now after reading comments i also feel that it was king's place and so King loved the queen and yet went ahead and gave order to kill her.

So that remorse might be the punishment of King as now Reaper Kim can't harm anyone at all.

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Am I the only one that thinks Sunny was the King and Grim was the Queen? Lol

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only heavy sinners can be grim reapers. i highly doubt that the queen is a heavy sinner

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I also felt the transitions from one scene to next were not all smooth , minor editing problems or it was just my downloaded video was flawed .. still I did pick some problems...

Its just episode 5 and I feel like I've been watching this for months...

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A couple of those awkward transitions are due to commercial breaks.

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Yeap, I can confirm that due to the stream I did to watch it

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Outstanding moments this episode

The name 'Sunny' being such a contrast to being Grim. When she said "i prefer to meet at day and separate at night"I was like whoa! That might not end well..

All this while Kim Shin could not see Eun Tak's future, but when he saw her future through the Waiter's eyes, It just spoke volumes about the amount of fore-thinking and perfect world creation, this fantasy drama has. Kudos to the writer on that!

The scene when KS and ET bickered was so immature and funny, just love these two.

Also PPL's done right!

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Through the waiter's eyes! Of course! I was wondering how he was seeing her future! It all makes sense now lol.

Although, if it's the waiter's future he's seeing isn't he making quite a few assumptions about who future Eun Tak is going to be meeting there, and why? What an emotional god haha

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Ahh... I see now...
It is coming from the waiter's eyes?
Here I am all confused because Shin supposedly incapable of see Euntak's future.

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"he saw her future through the Waiter’s eyes"

Ooh I didn't really understand the last scene, but that makes sense.

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"Also PPL’s done right!"

I know right? I haven't enjoyed PPL this much aside from SKL. I love it that the PPL is so clever in its execution, and becomes a part of the narrative, sometimes even becomes a highlight in the scene. It's inserted like just other scenes, the only difference is that we get a brief shot of the brand's name compared to a normal scene. I don't appreciate the idea of PPL, but I can't help but appreciate how intelligently it's done.

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Thank you, I didn't make the connection with the waiter, but it makes perfect sense and explains the ending.

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That play store scene had me laughing ??? I'm loving the bromance

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Jealous Goblin is so funny, haha! The biggest mistake in 900 years!

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Does anyone else notice the word-play on "oh-baek" (500), "gu-baek" (900), and "gobaek" (confess)? I totally LOL-ed at those...

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uh huh. goblin was so sensitive about those words cause he mistake them for confession (gobaek)

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YES! Especially when Gong Yoo was all haughty and confident of how much he knew about technology. HA. Little did he know. He reminded me of my parents... just 900 years older, and more technologically inept... if that's possible.

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Yeah, Grim Reaper and Goblin totally look like an old couple learning how to use smartphone.

Gah! After using their most dignified sageuk tone...

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Right?! I often find myself stuck between swooning over their voices (and faces) to facepalming and hoping I don't slap myself too hard.

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Funniest episode so far. I was bursting out with loud laughter over and over. Lucky I was alone at that time.

Can't get over how natural and chatty Reaper is now with Eun Tak while he can't initiate a decent conversation with Sunny. Never heard such a literal response to small talk in my life LOL!

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MY mom was at home .. She is so used to my crazy bursts of lol moments that now completely ignores that..

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Reaper and Goblin should be exposed to more hi-tech gadgets. LOL
After 900 years living in human world, you'd expect them to know one or two about technologies, but they're really clumsy and inept and it's so cute!!
Can't stop laughing at the Play Store scene and when Reaper type "Sunny not Sunhee" contact name, with typos. LOL. Our resident Reaper is unintentionally funny and that's what I love from him.

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That was what my husband said. He said compared to Do Min Joon of My Love From Another Star, they were so hopeless... did they never employ their hundreds of years picking up on modern living?

My take on that is that Reaper was too busy working and collecting money from funerals/wakes, while Goblin was too pampered because he always had someone serving him. Never had to do much unless he wished. But still!!! LOL!

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And we can add that Goblin-nim was never actually living and imersing along the living,he was soooo into finding his bride and ending his life that he was passing through life instend of actually enjoy the perks that bring along and well living it...So no wonder he is sooo clueless,but that part makes him endering,even more funny when he pretends he knows it all not to look bad unlike Reaper who doesn't have a problem saying when he doesn't know stuff

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Isn't he intentionally mispronouncing the name? If the reaper calls a person's name 3 times, that person would die. It would make sense if it was intentional. :D :D I love this Goblin-Reaper tandem.

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Yes love that scene and LOVED the way gong yoo said "play store" SO HOT. I replayed a few times

There was a lot of lol moments and scenes in this ep I was starting to worry abt the plot too bc it was all funnies but then the ending came and I was like "oh damn"

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I replayed that scene too. Omg. It was unexpected. Hahaha his voice sounds so nice in English and Korean!

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Omg.. You have to notice gong yoo's expression immediately after he flicks her hair... I have replayed that half a second scene like 20 times.. Precious

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what scene was the from?

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When they bicker and she yells thats whose fault is that she has the mark and sees ghosts. ... He then pulls aside her hair to peak at the mark.. She gets shocked that he flicked her hair...

Right after that... He is like 50 year old ahjumma making faces at her daughter in law..

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haha i just watched it... that expression was gold!

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OML that description is spot-on XD

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I noticed that too. But i think it looked more like a smug expression on a boy who enjoyed teasing his crush. LOL

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He looks like a teenage girl having a catfight with other teenage girl

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I noticed that, too! And I LOVE his expression, so haughty! Lol. In fact, I love allll of Gong Yoo's expression in this drama, from sadness to haughty to cheeky smile to anxious looks, lol, it's all so colourful!

And paired with LDW's comedic expressions, I'm a happy camper <3

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From that scene, the highlight for me was grim reaper flipping his basket of towels in response to Kim Shin's bf declaration. LOL

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THIS! I almost choke myself while laughing at that scene. It was so funny. ?

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i'm confused his reaction. is he jealous of others having love life? or doesn't like the cheese? or being left alone?

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I believe Reaper was upset because Shin was making progress but he could not even make a phone call to Sunny, because he could not identify himself by name. His thoughts were looping over that fact.

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The individual love dilemma of Shin and Grim Reaper are so funny! I enjoy their moments of confiding (somewhat reluctantly) with each other. hehe!

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FOr me, one of the favorite moments is when Euntak ends up eating both the steak and the salad in the middle of the table between the two gods. Softies, giving her food. :D :D :D

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His expression reminds me of Mr. Bean haha. Definitely precious...

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I saw that expression and thought: he's channeling Jo Jung-Seok! And then proceeded to replay it several times as well. :)

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Thank you for the recap, JB! ;)

I was lol-ing so hard during the "playstore" scene XD But I cried at the ending TT OMG please don't make Uri Goblin Ajussi cry, Writer-nim... TT

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I really really cannot feel or see any romantic connection bet. the two...feel so dissapointed...maybe I wanted to see Gong Yoo with a little bit older girl or maybe I wanted to see him not this shining prince and just a regular dude....

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Well, it's like the ultimate arranged marriage. Arranged by fate / deity, etc. Romance is optional -- at this stage.

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I kind of like it. It's the old fashion like how it was in Goryeo.

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@Lord Cobol thanks for raising the point about arranged marriage. I also find myself not feeling the strong romantic connection between the two; however, that's not stopping me from enjoying their individual stories and their interactions. I personally see it now as an arranged marriage where they are growing in love with each other.

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yea, you're not the only one. it's killing the mood for me, no matter how hard I try to give it another chance, or keep watching.

I think something in KGE's characterization is throwing everything else off...she has a neutral/default melo vibe to her that doesn't quite ring high schooler so her cutesiness or innocent misunderstandings and interactions with Goblin feel a tad forced...like I'm just watching them in motion but not really interacting.

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Yes, and how relived I am, to see a more mature Ji Eun Tak, are we not going to have that? Pleasee.

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For me, I can get over the whole age thing honestly since Eun Tak is technically an adult. It's definitely not the most alarming K-romance premise (what with fauxcest, affairs and teacher-student romances around). And frankly if the romance was compelling and cute enough, I could get over it.

My main gripe is that there I don't understand how either of them have fallen for each other. Like, at all. In the past 5 episodes, there have been no real reason that they've developed this so-called-love to me. It's so puzzling. For example, compare this to WF where you can tell that there are feelings and why. JH likes BJ for her personality. BJ likes JY because he made her feel like a woman/lady. SH likes JH because she wanted to go back to who she was when she was with him at that point in her life.

Here, I can't tell if Goblin likes ET for her personality, does he sympathise with her struggles, is it because she looked pretty crossing the road, because it was predetermined, because he was curious she could follow him to Quebec? Does ET like the Goblin because he's handsome, he's the Goblin she's heard about her whole life? Like I see their moments together and I understand that there's a niceness about it, but there's nothing that screams emotional connection or even romantic sparks to me.

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Dear Inxomnia and dear Beanies, how are you?.

My guess is that for a Goblin who has lived so may thing through 900 years, he is probabbly more than jaded. Every human life seems to repeat the same pattern, so he probably is not so invested in human lives anymore. Enter a person that could potentially change the game and he is almost forced to look closer. Now that pattern he has seen so many times then has a face and the narrative that is a person's life now has a face and a heart he can connect to.

On the other hand we have a neglected person who has almost build another world inside her head to escape her horrid reality as an orphan with a family that seems more akin to jailers. Enter someone that hears her, pays her attention and also understands and shares her world (he sees ghosts too and is a part of this "extended" magical reality).

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Sorry for my ignorance..but what are: WF, JH, BJ, JY, etc? Can anyone elaborate?

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@nomad - I only know this because I'm watching this drama, no worries!
"Weightlifting Fairy - Kim Bok joo" , and its main characters :
Joon-hyung
Bok-joo
Jae-yi

It's a beautiful little drama, I only have good things to say about it so far :)

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I think Goblin is a compassionate soul in general, but all his interactions in the last 900 years have either been fleeting or excessively formal, if not both.
This is the first where he repeatedly interacts with a person, not always at his choosing. Plus he is stunned that she's able to follow him, and treat him completely with irreverance and affection simultaneously.
Basically, looks like he got blindsided, just so happens that Euntak is an admirable girl who is doing her best to overcome her circumstances.
I think it was a period of admiration, curiosity, amusement and longing for company that made him suddenly realize he is beginning to care for her.

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I am not really sold on the sunny reaper line.. Bec it didnt come off as funny to me...

But i think the main leads really shined today.. They toned down her cuteness.. And she came off as more relatable.. Plus i loved loved loved their bickering scene... I think the way the show keeps emphasizing on her age means that its going to take a time leap so everyone can breathe easy....

The last scene really hits you... Goblin was puzzled that he couldnt see her future when he met her... But finally he does... And it makes me cry ...

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That saaad ending.

Because it is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces...

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Can you please give me a drama that have a future setting? I haven't watch one so i can't seem to entertain it for now. But if it does, i wonder how they will play it out.

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That ending made me cry too.

I was wondering. In earlier episodes, it said that Shin could see someone's future just by looking at them. In the drama, he saw the serving man first, and then saw Eun Tak. So perhaps he really was seeing a vision of the future, as it is right now, and not a premonition?

It also looks like they may be hinting at a time skip? Possibly? It may happen when the sword is pulled out.

But seeing Gong Yoo's expression at the end of the episode today really struck me. Awwwww goblin.

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I would love a time skip, but at the same time wonder if it's narratively possible. How sure are we that 2016 = "present" storyline with 19 year old Eun Tak? Because if that's the case, 29 year old Eun Tak lives in the year 2026. ??While I'm sure TvN is putting lots of $$$ into this show, I doubt they have the budget to worldbuild what society might be like in 2026 (self driving cars? Lots of unemployed people? Subway sandwiches delivered by drones??)

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even before the drama aired; they said that the teenager eun tak is in 2008 while the adult eun tak is in 2016. so we have been watching the past all along since ep 1-5 is set in 2008

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No. they are very much in 2016. Showed on aunts calender.

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The only thing that's really different I remember since 10 years ago is smartphone..I remember expecting flying cars by about 2016, since it was already in the afternoon cartoons I watched back in the 80s. But nope, no flying cars anywhere in sight yet. I'm saying, 2026 may not be as different as 2016, just worse environmentally, I'm betting.

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The final scene of episode 5 is a little convoluted First we are on our way to get steak in Canada at the restaurant that is their favorite place and then there is the time spin. He is now in the future with her but she doesn't see him. She is on the phone saying that she is going to meet someone for dinner (looking beautiful with a very becoming haircut at 26, about 7 years in the future) He says OMG I am not with her she has moved on. Then time spin again he is not with her in the past, not at the ocean not at the park. I feel your loss Kim Shin. Then he thinks he has to move on with ending his life soon because he is not in her future and loving someone means you have to act in their best interest the best you can. In the future, I mean in the present, I mean in past. Eternity for soulmates is a complicated place indeed director Lee Eung Bok and author Kim Eun-Sook I will however, go where ever Goblin takes me even if I have to suspend my suspension of disbelief.....I believe.

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Me too they have a sizzling chemistry but something was not right.. It felt dry.. Reaper is fine but sunny fell flat for me..

Goblin might be a 900 old soul but his love experience is even less for dating a high schooler..& Eun tak acts all cutesy but has more experience like an old soul. The way she pulled herself after her mother's death.. I'm sure she'll be fine even after shin's death (I hope he won't) but the future he saw is a strong possibility..

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That last scene was a sad and touching moment for me too. I was actually teary and it did not help that Gong Yoo's voice narrating the sad future(?) hit all the spots for a heartfelt scene. You can feel the sadness from his voice alone. Seeing him looking at older Euntak broke my heart.

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i'm enjoying goblin but as much as i am enjoying it i keep having the ew-factor at the back of mind because she's supposed to be a high school student. i keep wondering when he'll leave so that when he comes back she'll at least be in college (assumption is that he couldn't stay away too long and comes back when she's a junior or senior..hahaha) and i'd feel less icky.

i am so curious about the granny. i keep wondering if she is an incarnation of the queen. i keep wondering what the significance of the ring is other than being previously owned by the queen.

also, reaper has been the biggest highlight of the show. he's just the best...

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i want a bittersweet ending to this drama...she pulls out sword, he really does disappear and can be in peace. i'm curious where they're heading. my cousin thinks that he doesn't die but gets to live the remainder of his mortal life with her.

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Living as a mortal is a good possible ending. I will definitely hope for it.

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We'll be getting a happy ending apparently. According to Kim Eun-Sook she doesn't know what a sad ending is haha

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I hope you are right.. right now i can't see a possible happy ending for both reaper & goblin...

well goblin might end up mortal (They can't just bring GY to do a drama after all these years to kill him off at the end right!!!)

It's reaper I'm worried about.. With fairy godmother hinting that both will pay for their sins.. there might not be a happy ending for him...

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but why does reaper have to pay???? he's trying to make up for it right now...isn't he?

i thoroughly enjoy the show cos of him. he's the best...hahaha

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aw...fine! FINE!
i guess that will be okay with me too. that would be the second best ending.

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I'm thinking that exactly...KES doesn't know a sad ending :). I couldn't ever love KES dramas, until Goblin comes along and breaks the spell. I'm head over heels for Goblin!

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I think turning to ashes refers to the death of the mortal body. Pulling the sword would end his immortal life and he will become mortal susceptible to physical death. Yes he will definitely die but it's not clear when.

It's eps 3. He is not going to die yet.

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But he's already dead. He can't live if he's dead. As a goblin, he's just a soul with a sword, he has no flesh. I think the ashes could be literal.

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uh huh. as a human, he's not a live. he has been killed. unless he reincarnates?

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He could if he was resurrected. His soul can eat beef, drink beer, cook, drive etc?

On the other hand his ability to teleport and walk through walls would explain why he wouldn't have a body of flesh and bones.

( I don't know. Maybe I played too many video games lol).

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I've been thinking about this too! I mean there are only so many permutations of plot outcomes in this case, right? To list the possibilities:

1. Bittersweet ending: he dies, but leaves her enough emotional and material substance to live out a good life. She does well and eventually finds peace. His spirit is there to greet her in the tearoom when she dies at a ripe old age.

2. Happily Ever After: they find a way around the curse; writer pulls a deus ex machine and have Divinity (Lee El?) decide to change the rules ... because, duh, Divinity makes up the rules in the first place. We want OTP to be happy, OTP wants to be happy, and the true Divinity (writer KES) wants OTP happy. So happy ending we get.

3. Early hallyu melo ending: almost everyone dies. Reaper finds out he was the silly king; out of guilt he jumps off cliff. Goblin dies when the sword is removed. Eun Tak gets the dreaded cancer because her fate was terminal in the first place. Sunny moves to Australia and opens a new chicken shop.

4. The narrative loophole ending: OTP is technically separated, but through some kind of narrative loophole or just plain re-framing, they are shown together in a different lifetime or dimension, proving they are Fated To Be No Matter the Time and Place.

5. The open ending: closes on an artistic MV-like sequence showing some ambiguous scenes or scenarios, so viewers can decide themselves what happened, and narrative is open for sequal season 2.

Of these I guess I prefer option 2? but 1 is ok too. Options 4 & 5 would make me flip tables, while 3 would just be amusing.
But truly, deep inside I want KES to do better this time and surprise us with none of the above.

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6. Sensical ending. No deus ex machina. No loopholes or AUs. Not so open ending but with main conflicts resolved.

It's only going on ep 6, so I hope the writer will do way better than that one we got from DOTS. >.<

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Sylvia good break down. I go with option 2,Gods act in mysterious ways. Sylvia, good break down. I go with option 2: Gods act in mysterious ways.

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Love these! I wonder if Eun Tak will die since she was supposed to die and if they will be together in the afterlife? Ghost and Goblin Ghost?

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No 5 is exactly the ending used in MLSHR, and I condemn that ending with all my heart and being. No ambiguous ending, please...

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The granny is like the korean version of a fairy godmother. Essentially, she kinda looks over everyone in this drama. She knows about Sunny & Grim reaper as well as Eun Tak and the Goblin

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I would bet that she is the god. She comes in different forms and is very omniscient. No other creatures, but a god can do that. A god's wrath is scary hence he punishes people, but he is merciful at people who has a kind heart. The cabbage lady is very fond and merciful of Eun Tak and her mother.

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I think she is the God (Goddess, deity or whatever they call them) that would finally grant Goblin's wish to die.
I think she was there from the beginning. Maybe the butterfly that Shin saw before he died.
She was there with Eun-tak's mother before she gave birth and she pops in and out keeping the main players on track.

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Lee El as Samshin, goddess of birth and fate.. (~Wikipedia~ )

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i guess that explains a lot...

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Dear writer,

I beg of you, stop playing with my emotions like this. I can't handle laughing as GY makes a pun out of his life's biggest tragedy and then crying as he decides to end his life.

You can't do this to me. I HAVE FEELINGS TOO. I WANT EVERYBODY TO BE HAPPY. I JUST WANT HAPPINESS FOR ALL.

Please, please, I beg of you, don't give me a sad ending. I love these characters too much. Do I have your (s)word?

Sincerely,
An dedicated, happy, and anxious fan

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As much as I love Goblin, Reaper owns my heart. I get a kick out of the off-the-wall humor in this show -- physically going to the Play Store and Reaper's confusion at video calling. I cracked up at Sunny not Sun Hee. What a straightforward way to remember her name. I can't wait to see what Bin name Reaper picks out for himself... which by the way, I felt like Won Bin should have been listed first. Thanks lots for recapping, javabeans!

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i agree! Reaper is really the god that has me tuning in every week.

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For me its just the opposite.. I dont really like the reapers scene except his interactions with the goblin... I have seen ppl do deadpan much much better... I dont know if its the writing or the actor himself (havent seen anything else of him).. Thats why i found the sunny reaper scenes cumbersome

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It's exactly the Reaper's style of off-kilter deadpan that's got me completely hooked! When he's talking, his face is usually completely flat and emotionless, but when he's NOT talking his face goes wild transmitting all of his thoughts - I especially loved him watching the morning drama.

It feels like he's been out of the human loop for so long that he's gone glitchy. He interacts with people at the absolute worst, most disorienting time of their lives and has to calmly and swiftly move them along, almost as a non-presence. But at the same time he's stuck doing literal paperwork, documenting his expenses and having to scrape together money for rent... But not having any real friends or interactions outside of work, where he's apparently pretty senior.

I love that he's out of sync within himself and has been reading the same script for so long that he's basically forgotten other words. Eun Taek is helping with that a bit, in that with more than one input source he's starting to have to tailor his reactions, but the Reaper overall is one of my favorite pieces of this drama.

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Agree with your description. Basically Goblin and Reaper are gay dads raising a kid called Eun Tak and her up-to-no-good cousin Deuk Hwa. Goblin tries to be Cool Dad, while Reaper is the ajumma-with-a-perm mother.

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This comment is gold!

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What I wouldn't do to watch THIS drama.

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You nailed it. This is part of what makes it hard to believe the Goblin and eun tak's romance. The gay days though, I'll bite or even just two friends hanging out.

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"Basically Goblin and Reaper are gay dads raising a kid called Eun Tak and her up-to-no-good cousin Deuk Hwa. Goblin tries to be Cool Dad, while Reaper is the ajumma-with-a-perm mother."

OMG THIS! I WAS TELLING MY FRIENDS THE EXACT SAME THING LOL!!!

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@Miranda - great point being made here about how Reaper is out of sync with communication because he's been reading the same script for so long. Thanks for highlighting that and it puts his interactions with Sunny in a different light, rather than just being awkward due to his attraction to her. I would even go further to say that he's lost a sense of "self", given that he doesn't even know his name. He's just become an instrument, carrying out the duties required of him, but not needing to relate to anyone as a person.

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I love your insight! I like everyone in this drama, all are doing so well sucking me into the stories told. More, please!

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Same with me! As much as I like Gong Yoo as goblin the one who's stealing my heart is the reaper! And the bromance as well! Not really interested in the lovelines of both pair because I can't really feel the chemistry especially with shin and eun tak..maybe it's just me but I can't really feel it!

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I was waiting for abated breath to see what name he would eventually chose. I thought the writer would go something along the lines of a name similar sounding to the actor's own name (Lee Dong Wook). Afterall I understand there are a couple of korean stars with the same first 2 characters Lee-Dong-XXX.

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I love them both but light up a bit more with the GR scenes as they're less likely to shift to fully melo as has been the case with the Goblin's scenes. I freaking love the spunk in the comedy and light scenes, but am already over the angst and melo scenes because I'm not at all invested in the Goblin & ET's romance.

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the samsung ppl was done nicely lol

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Also loved the floating Subway PPL...

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the floating subway had me crying of laughter!

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lol i had a gut feeling subway would come up!

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How many ppls are there in this show??.. It helps to offset the enormous budget i guess..

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Looking at the end credits. It looks a lot. Even the bottled water are sponsored. Lol.

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Is the goblin stuffed toy a ppl too?

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The actual store was the PPL. So if you want the stuffed goblin you have to go to that store. ?

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Too many to count! Haha, I think there was AT LEAST three in this ep:

1. The candle holder in eun tak's new room aka the same one she held when she blew out the wick to call for shin in the last ep
2. The floating subway
3. The Samsung phone (which I'm surprised didn't come sooner bc of sunny and grims' relationship and how sun HEE (ahaha) kept bribing it up
4. The towels in the chit chat laundry folding scene (I'm sure it's the same panda(?) brand that was featured in the ep that grims was teasing the goblin w/ the goblin underwear song)
5. The dal kom (?) coffee/cafe!

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water, car, (all the expensive clothes), supermarket of japanese brands,

not from this episode.. make-up too.

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Ooooohhhhh yeeess you're right how could I have missed the water! The one that helps sunny maintain her beauty! Ahaha I wonder if the crunchy nuts(?)/snacks that she eats is a ppl, too! And yes the Japanese store they were in and the plushies! I thought those were the same ones from the cartoons in the opening for this drama

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haha it's Miniso, which hilariously is actually a Chinese chain pretending to be Japanese.

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They did close ups of his car which is a Maserati! Damn!! And I just learned earlier that one of Gong Yoo's coats is an Alexander McQueen.

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Deok-hwa's family company is also a real company, so PPL.

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Sunny's chicken restaurant is also PPL... it's BB.Q Olive Chicken Cafe...

I bet BB.Q Olive Chicken Cafe doesn't give this show enough money though. That's why Sunny's chicken restaurant has no customer.

But hey, bad ppl is better than no ppl at all. At least people know now that BB.Q Olive Chicken Cafe does exist.

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