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Bride of the Water God 2017: Episode 7

I’m having a hard time thinking of anything cuter and funnier than Ha-baek in a jealous snit. A furious baby squirrel, maybe? He’s just adorable, and what’s even better are So-ah’s breathless, flustered reactions whenever Ha-baek turns that intense focus on her. These two are definitely experiencing some major attraction, and although they’re still deep in denial, I’m loving every minute of it.


 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

Ha-baek sees the truck barreling down on So-ah and he screams, but he’s too late — when he arrives at the spot where she was standing, she’s gone. He looks around frantically, and across the street he sees Bi-ryum, smirking with an unconscious So-ah in his arms.

She wakes, and Bi-ryum carefully sets her down. Ha-baek manages to stay calm as he asks what happened, and Bi-ryum says he’s been following them all day. He asks So-ah if they had a fight, but she walks away from them both and gets in a taxi without a word.

So-ah’s taxi driver is awfully chatty, saying that she looks like the dead come back to life. He says wisely that people can’t change their fate, but they can improve their lives by manipulating their luck.

So-ah finds Hu-ye pruning trees and hands him the land sale contract, which she’s taped back together as best she can. With an offhand comment that someone must not want her to sell, Hu-ye offers to reprint the contract, and when So-ah insists on signing now, he says he doesn’t have the company’s seal with him anyway.

Disappointed, So-ah apologizes and turns to go. But Hu-ye stops her, and next thing she knows, So-ah is helping him prune trees, ha. As they work, he says that hard labor helps get the mind off of problems.

When So-ah marvels that he has a hobby like this, Hu-ye says that he may seem cold but that he’s actually a very sentimental person. So-ah agrees that he comes across as closed-off, and she asks how he became a successful businessman. Hu-ye says, again a bit too casually, that he can read people’s emotions if he tries hard enough.

So-ah quips that there are lots of people around her who can do that sort of thing. One of them runs like the wind and creates diamonds from nothing, and another becomes an expert at something after only seeing it done once. Hu-ye just smiles knowingly.

So-ah asks why Hu-ye spends his free time taking care of trees. He says that trees live a long time, and that they create forests but still coexist peacefully with other living things, and even provide for them when needed.

He asks if tiring herself out made So-ah forget her problems, then asks what upset her. She sighs that she feels strangely compelled to unload herself to him. He says that it’s just because he’s another person, and tells her to think she’s talking to a tree.

So-ah admits that she made a mistake — she started relying on someone, then formed expectations. She adds that the worst part is that she opened up to them, but they weren’t the sort of person she should have opened up to, because they’re just going to leave.

Hu-ye says compassionately that that sounds like a bad person, if they knew they were leaving and messed with her heart anyway. Meanwhile, Ha-baek keeps watch for So-ah from his rooftop until after dark.

Hu-ye drives So-ah home, and she apologizes for misjudging him, which makes him really happy. He drives off with a satisfied smile.

As she nears her house, So-ah braces herself, unsure if she’ll see Ha-baek waiting for her in his usual spot. When she rounds a corner and sees him there, she reminds herself of Hu-ye’s words that a person who’s leaving but still messes with her heart isn’t a good person.

But still, she stops to talk to him and asks what he’s doing. He answers that he’s thinking of a way to regain his powers.

She asks if he went to the divine gate, surprised when he says no, and he explains that he doesn’t have a driver’s license and doesn’t trust Bi-ryum enough to ask for a ride. When So-ah smiles, Ha-baek asks if it means they’ve made up from their fight.

A pair of drunk men stagger past, nearly colliding with So-ah. Ha-baek pulls her safely behind him, and though it’s a small gesture, it flusters So-ah. Without missing a beat, Ha-baek turns to finish his question: “Or are we still fighting?”

So-ah says that everything she said today was a lie (about being disappointed in him), telling him that humans lie when they’re angry and asking him to forget it. Ha-baek tells her that he already knows, because it’s obvious when she’s lying. But they both stay up late that night, troubled.

On a beach, Mura crouches by the water’s edge, looking at the weak and dying fish that are washing up onto the sand. Bi-ryum calls her, and she complains that she’s the only one having a hard time, since nothing bad has happened since Joo-dong disappeared and the air seems fine, too.

Bi-ryum says the air isn’t fine, but Mura snaps that water is having the worst time of it. She reaches down to caress a gasping fish, which bleeds briefly but then swims away. She says that she’s restoring oxygen to their gills, but that if this keeps happening, soon even the gods won’t be able to help them because they can’t revive the dead.

Unconcerned, Bi-ryum tells Mura that he saw Geol-rin, the minor god that cursed Ha-baek. That sends Mura running home to ask him directly whether Ha-baek has discovered everything, but Bi-ryum tells her that Geol-rin is a good runner and avoided Ha-baek.

He asks lazily if the issue with Geol-rin is that big of a deal. Mura just tells him to find Joo-dong quickly, because his being in this world worries her. Bi-ryum asks why she’s looking for a place for she and Joo-dong to live, adding that he doesn’t think Ha-baek wants to return any time soon.

While being filmed doing yoga on company grounds, Jaya spots Hu-ye walking by, and his enigmatic smile disturbs her so much she nearly tips over. Hu-ye asks Secretary Min what the filming is for, and it turns out that Jaya pushed for it, claiming it would help promote the hotel.

Jaya finds Secretary Min and asks why Hu-ye smiled when he saw her doing yoga. Secretary Min says that he doesn’t know, but if it had been him, he’d have smiled because she looked silly. HAHA.

Hu-ye calls So-ah to make plans to sign the new contract at his farm. So-ah is startled to find Ha-baek on her couch, and he waves her keys when she asks how he got in, saying she left them in the door last night.

So-ah looks guilty when Ha-baek asks if she’s still trying to sell his land. But he tells her to do whatever she wants, since she said that having lots of money would make her happy.

Then he narrows his eyes and asks who she was just talking to on the phone. Suspicious, Ha-baek stalks towards So-ah, backing her all the way to the wall. He leans close, barely inches from her face, and her cheeks go pink.

He notes her blush and racing heart, then announces triumphantly, “It was a man.” He walks away and So-ah’s knees give out. She sinks to the floor, wondering what just happened. HA, it was a man all right, just not the one on the phone.

Ha-baek stomps up to the roof and starts to strip for a bath. So-ah follows and gets a start at the sight of his shirtless torso, then she’s distracted by the expensive clothes Namsuri is hanging up. Namsuri explains that Mura sent them.

So-ah starts her rant again, asking what Ha-baek meant by accusing her of talking to a man. Of course, she has to admit that it was a man, but she stammers that that’s not why her face was red.

HA, Ha-baek has the best jealous face. So-ah starts to say that she was talking to the person who’s buying the land, then she realizes that that’s not better, and she mutters in defeat, “Let’s just go with your version.” PFFT.

So-ah arrives at work to find people from the Animal Protection Agency leaving, and Sang-yoo tells her that signs of the Korean leopard, which was previously thought extinct, have been found on her land.

This means she can’t sell the land until the research is finished. But she tells Sang-yoo that surely her land isn’t the only place the Korean leopard has pooped, blowing him off.

Mura fends off an ardent lover, dramatically telling him to leave and never look for her again. He starts to cry and leans forward to kiss her, then he suddenly starts to shake and gasp for air. Mura sighs and tells him to breathe, but he crashes to the ground unconscious.

Mura rolls her eyes and walks away… from the scene they were filming. But the man’s distress is real, and apparently this happens to all of her leading men whenever they try to film a kiss scene, hee. Everyone rushes to him as Mura heads to her dressing room.

Bi-ryum enters and sends everyone away, giggling when he hears that another of Mura’s co-stars was sent to the hospital. He tags along as she visits Hu-ye in his office, gloating that he and Mura have the kind of friendship where they trust each other with their lives. Hu-ye wonders what people do to forge such a strong bond.

Mura apologizes to Hu-ye, telling him that she’s going to purchase a house and move out of the hotel. Hu-ye says that his marketing team won’t be happy, since her long-term stay at the hotel has been good for business, though he doesn’t really seem upset.

Back in her suite, Bi-ryum says that he’s never heard Mura apologize before. She replies that Hu-ye is a decent person, strong against the strong and weak against the weak. Bi-ryum marvels sarcastically at her ability to read people, and Mura sneers that he knows nothing about her.

She gets a call from Ha-baek, who says that he’s on his way over. He mentions Bi-ryum but says that he doesn’t trust him. After he hangs up, Namsuri asks why he’s not telling So-ah about this, and Ha-baek says that he doesn’t want her involved.

Mura tells Bi-ryum to leave, and he does, but not before threatening to do something terrible if she keeps hanging around with Ha-baek. As he leaves, he wonders what he has to do to get Mura’s attention, then he decides to “catch that guy” for her.

We cut to Geol-rin, the minor god, climbing from the sewer where he’s been hiding from Ha-baek. Ewww. He’s hungry, so he checks a handy app that tells him when all the local minor gods are getting together.

Mura, Ha-baek, and Namsuri head to the divine gate. It’s the first time Mura’s been here since the day she lost the stone, and she asks why Ha-baek wanted to come, since any clues will be long gone.

He asks if it’s true that Joo-dong asked her and Bi-ryum here that night, saying that they needed to see something strange, and Mura confirms it. Ha-baek heads off, zeroing in on a rock that’s stained by blood.

He says he overlooked it before, but that now he’s bothered by what Joo-dong said. Mura holds the rock and closes her eyes, then tells Ha-baek that it’s human blood. But she adds that that’s impossible, since no human is able to leave a trace on this land.

Ha-baek thinks that if it’s not from this world, then maybe it’s from someone from the Realm of the Gods. Mura agrees that something from there could leave a trace, except for one problem… nobody from the Realm of the Gods has any blood.

Cut to: Hu-ye, planting flowers on his farm with the help of an adorable little blind girl. They finish up, and the little girl says that her grandmother invited Hu-ye over to eat. He wilts dramatically and pouts that he has an important meeting, then takes a few steps away when his phone rings.

The little girl calls out to him, wailing that there’s a bug on her arm. Hu-ye’s eyes flash and he rushes back to flick away the caterpillar on the girl’s wrist. He hugs her tightly and tells her it’s okay, then leads her away. Behind them, the caterpillar bursts into flame.

On the drive back to Seoul, Mura wonders if the blood on the stone might have something to do with Joo-dong and whether the minor gods might know something. Ha-baek tells her not to say anything about this to Bi-ryum, and Mura agrees that she’s hated him ever since he created the gods’ servant and hurt Ha-baek on purpose.

She asks Ha-baek if he really wants to find Joo-dong as soon as possible, explaining that Bi-ryum said Ha-baek doesn’t seem in a hurry to go home, but Ha-baek doesn’t respond. Worried by that, Mura pulls over and asks if it’s true. She admits that she lies to him often, but that he never lies.

Growing emotional, Mura asks Ha-baek to lie and say that Bi-ryum is wrong, that he’s not falling for a human woman again. Ha-baek asks what she means, and Mura says that she’s happy if she guessed wrong. She kneels at Ha-baek’s feet and says that she’ll submit if he wants to punish her for her impertinence.

Regardless of the warnings about the Korean leopard, So-ah meets with Hu-ye to sign the land sale contract. She hesitates, remembering Ha-baek saying that she can sell anything she wants but the gods’ land, but then she recalls him telling her to do whatever she wants.

As Hu-ye watches, she decisively stamps the papers. They have dinner to celebrate, and when Hu-ye asks if she’s sad to sell her family’s land, So-ah says that it’s just useless land. He asks what her parents think, and she tells him that her dad is gone and her mom passed away.

She says flippantly that Hu-ye wouldn’t understand, being from a rich family, but he informs her that he’s an orphan. He explains that he never knew his mother, and that his father abused then abandoned him. So-ah drops her fork in surprise and reaches for it, but Hu-ye takes her hand and tells her to leave it.

Mura brakes to a stop when she happens to see Hu-ye and So-ah leaving the restaurant together. Namsuri tells her how they know each other, and Ha-baek looks dismayed.

Hu-ye apologizes to So-ah for being so blunt about his family and disturbing the atmosphere at dinner. He offers her a ride home but she declines, since it’s such a nice evening. He says he has a question since she mentioned the night air: “How fast was the breeze that shook your heart?”

In the car, Ha-baek asks Mura if she wants the honest answer to her question. He says that Bi-ryum was wrong (about him not wanting to go home soon), and she’s cheered to hear it. Awww, he’s so lying.

Hu-ye had asked So-ah about the breeze shaking her heart because he wanted to know if he can stop it. So-ah says that the breeze isn’t meaningful enough to measure, and that if she wants to stop it, she’ll do it herself without help. Furthermore, she tells him that it’s already stopped.

But as she walks home, So-ah braces herself before turning the corner, nervous to see if Ha-baek will be there as usual. He’s not, and she sighs to herself before walking the rest of the way alone.

So-ah creeps to the roof to look around, and she’s startled to see Ha-baek sitting alone in the dark. He tells her to get some rest, adding that she shouldn’t stay out too late. So-ah can’t help herself, and she says that she noticed he wasn’t under the streetlight “thinking about getting his powers back” tonight.

Ha-baek says shortly that he’s not going to think about that anymore, and that he’s returning to the Water Kingdom soon anyway. So-ah leaves, and Ha-baek looks down at the bloody rock in his hands, remembering Mura saying that nobody from the Realm of the Gods has any blood. He calls her to ask if the minor gods might know any old legends. “This blood,” he growls. “I have an idea of whose it is.”

So-ah goes to bed hugging her signed contract and dreaming of Vanuatu. But she can’t fall asleep, so she knocks on the little door leading to Ha-baek’s apartment, and when he doesn’t answer, she unlocks it herself.

She jumps to see Ha-baek standing right there, then asks him why she can’t sell the land, since the divine gate won’t close if the owner changes. Ha-baek says stonily that that’s why he told her to do whatever she wants — but that he’ll be called the king who couldn’t even protect that piece of land.

That stops So-ah short, and she goes to bed reassuring herself that she shouldn’t be expected to sacrifice for something that may not even happen. But Ha-baek’s words haunt her all night, and she wakes up with panda eyes from lost sleep.

Namsuri helps her hang up laundry, and she asks him if he’s hungry, but he chirps that they’re going to eat with Mura. He says that they saw her with Hu-ye last night, teasing that they look good together, and Ha-baek slams his book closed and stomps off.

So-ah watches them go, wondering if seeing her with Hu-ye means that Ha-baek knows she’s selling the land. She tell herself that Ha-baek doesn’t know who the potential buyer is, then remembers that he saw the contract, working herself into a tizzy.

Mura asks Bi-ryum if there’s a minor god who’s lived as long as the high priest. He says that there is, and that she knows him.

Not far away, a line of fancy cars is parked outside an abandoned warehouse. It’s the meeting of the minor gods, who needle each other about their dealings with humans before sitting down to a lavish meal.

Geol-rin joins them, and he learns that Joo-dong is missing and that the gods have asked the minor gods to find him. The minor gods call Geol-rin a hero for being the only one who dared leave a mark on Ha-baek and got away with it, but he stammers that they shouldn’t talk about the future king that way.

One of the minor gods takes offense, yelling that he came here to get away from that jerk Ha-baek. The doors to the warehouse swing open and Bi-ryum walks in, all backlit and badass.

The minor gods try to escape, but a tiny wiggle of Bi-ryum’s finger has them sitting again. He asks what they’re planning, and this time when they run, he lets them go… all but Geol-rin, who he stops with a finger to the top of his head.

If Geol-rin thought Bi-ryum’s entrance was scary, he’s utterly terrified to see Mura arrive, looking every inch the vengeful goddess. She makes him explain why he marked Ha-baek then ran away, and he splutters that he didn’t say anything to Ha-baek about who challenged him to a fight.

Mura orders him to shut it, and he squeaks that of course he didn’t say it was her. HA, Bi-ryum is amused at how Mura’s losing control of the conversation. Geol-rin continues that he definitely didn’t tell Ha-baek that Mura told him to hit him, and she screams at him to shut his mouth.

A few minutes later Bi-ryum deposits an unconscious Geol-rim into Mura’s car. She snaps at Bi-ryum for laughing, and he asks if she’s afraid Ha-baek will discover she’s jealous. He mentions a fight that happened when “Shim-sshi” came to the Realm of the Gods, and he tells Mura that she was wrong, because Ha-baek hated that woman.

He catches Mura’s expression and seems to realize he’s gone too far. He tells Mura seriously to just confess her feelings and get rejected, because he hates seeing her like this. He blusters that it’s not fitting behavior for a goddess, but that sure looked like jealousy to me.

Over lunch, a subdued Ha-baek tells Namsuri that the high priest once told him a story that he thought was nonsense. But if Geol-rin is as old as the high priest, then he may know something that could help Ha-baek find who left the blood on the rock.

Mura calls Ha-baek, and he heads to her place. Geol-rin starts groveling as soon as he sees Ha-baek, and Mura tells him that if he answers their question they’ll let him go, but that if he ever talks about it, she’ll freeze his tongue and smash it. Ouch.

Ha-baek shows Geol-rin the bloody rock and tells him where he found it. Geol-rin knows it’s not possible, saying there’s only one person who could make human blood show up at the divine gate. Both Ha-baek and Mura know exactly who he means, though nobody has ever seen him before.

Later in the hotel restaurant, Mura says that Bi-ryum talks about that person a lot, too. They’re interrupted by Hu-ye, who approaches their table amicably, but Ha-baek just glares at him. Mura tells Hu-ye that they saw him with So-ah last night, and laughs when she hears Hu-ye refer to Ha-baek as a patient.

Hu-ye offers to shake hands, but Ha-baek just glares at the hand. Hu-ye quickly pulls it back, taking the blame for offending him, and leaves.

Mura says that if she were human, she would fall for Hu-ye. She adds that he’s too good for So-ah but figures she can push them together anyway, then tries to steer the conversation back to the high priest.

But Ha-baek is no longer listening, as he continues to stare at Hu-ye, who finds So-ah standing in the entryway. So-ah says that she’s here to find someone, and Hu-ye tells her affably that if she keeps being this nervous, he’ll think she changed her mind.

She looks confused, so Hu-ye says, “I just got rejected, didn’t I?” But he’s smiling, and at their table, Mura says she’s never seen him smile like that. Ha-baek has seen enough, and he gets up and stalks over to Hu-ye.

So-ah tries to take Hu-ye and escape, but Ha-baek cuts them off, holding up a silencing hand. He leans close to whisper in Hu-ye’s ear, “I caught on to you.”

Hu-ye’s eyes fly open and he looks at Ha-baek in horror. With a triumphant sneer, Ha-baek repeats himself, “I said, I caught on to you.”

 
COMMENTS

What was that?! Is Hu-ye the person Ha-baek and Geol-rin were talking about, that made it possible for human blood to remain at the divine gate? I think it’s pretty obvious by now that Hu-ye isn’t exactly human, and I just don’t trust him. He’s too nice, too sweet, too gentle to be real, and that flash of something in his eyes when he incinerated that caterpillar gave me the creeps. I really have no reason to suspect him of anything, but I just can’t help it. Something about him makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I just feel like it would be a bad idea for So-ah to get any closer to him.

On a lighter note, I actually enjoyed watching poor Ha-baek struggling with the idea that So-ah may be interested in someone. I don’t know if he registers what he’s feeling as jealousy yet, but I love that he’s not ignoring his emotions like he would have just a short while ago. He’s letting himself feel the hurt and betrayal, which is sad to watch. But I believe it’s good for his personal growth. I think that he told So-ah she can’t sell the land, not because some cosmic balance will be upset if she does, but for the simple reason that he doesn’t want her to, because then they won’t have any reason to see each other. Once he realizes why he’s feeling this way, he’s going to be an unstoppable force.

So-ah is really growing on me as a character, now that her insecurities and weaknesses are starting to show and she’s not so prickly. I particularly love how she makes it clear that she needs no saving or help managing her feelings, but that she’s not too proud to accept help when someone better equipped offers it. I’m used to seeing headstrong drama heroines who insist on doing everything for themselves, even when it makes things much harder. So it’s refreshing to see a woman who knows she’s capable, but is confident enough that she doesn’t feel the need to prove it to everyone in the vicinity. I think that So-ah’s willingness to admit she can’t do everything is one reason Ha-baek is developing feelings for her, because those little moments of vulnerability can get through his defenses in a way that stubborn independence never would.

On the other hand, I can’t make myself believe that Bi-ryum is a truly bad guy — he’s mischievous and naughty, and he has no compunctions using people to get what he wants, but so far we haven’t seen him actually hurt anyone. I feel like he’s just a god who feels that the ends justify the means, so he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get himself out of trouble. He enjoys messing with people, particularly Ha-baek, probably because he’s jealous of Mura’s feeling for the water god. But he actually is helping, and I think Bi-ryum is good for Ha-baek — I feel like Ha-baek will be a much better king after Bi-ryum is through with him and he loosens up a notch or five.

And while we’re on the subject of the gods, I wanted to try to clarify something that the show hasn’t explained well. Ha-baek is in the human world to retrieve three stones from three gods, Water, Earth, and Sky. Bi-ryum is the Sky god, but I got confused because Mura’s from the Water Kingdom, and Joo-dong isn’t an Earth god (at least, not in the original story). I’m still unclear about Joo-dong’s role in this retelling, because if he’s not the Earth god, then who is? As it stands now, Ha-baek has two stones, Bi-ryum’s and (probably) Joo-dong’s, but his power is so weak that they aren’t responding to him. Mura’s stone is still missing, with Joo-dong searching for it.

Speaking of which, I’m really worried by that scene with the dying fish — has Ha-baek been away from the Water Kingdom for too long? What happens if he doesn’t get home in time? What happens if he does get home, but he doesn’t have the stones? The show drops so many tiny clues, but we still don’t have a cohesive idea of exactly what’s going on, particularly in terms of the gods’ pasts and why they fight so much. For example, if Joo-dong has been missing for over a decade, why is Mura looking for a house for him to live in with her? Also, Mura said something in this episode about Bi-ryum creating the gods’ servant and hurting Ha-baek in the process, and I’m guessing that was when he dumped the fisherman into the water — but what happened to offend Ha-baek’s mother so badly that she bound the man’s family forever? What did Bi-ryum do and why did that hurt Ha-baek? I like a mystery as much as the next guy, but I do wish the clues were presented in a more organized way so that we aren’t likely to miss them entirely.

 
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I wasn't sure what to expect with this drama, but it totally has a rom/com feel and I'm fine with that. My thoughts: I wish they had given So Ah a different career. She appears to have the worst medical practice ever. I don't quite see the point of the diva type gal (the granddaughter).

Still I enjoy this drama as an easy going watch. I really liked when So Ah told HuYe that she could be responsible for her own feelings thankyouverymuch.

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I think she's really burned out. Unfortunately, I have had therapists like this. I even had one who spent my session talking about her problems, lol.

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Yeah, she seems really ambivalent. I wonder why the writer gave her this career. I thought there might be an underlying reason but there doesn't seem to be. It just seems a bit odd because this is something she'd go to medical school for.

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Maybe it's connected to her dad? Nurse Yoo did mention that the dad is the original director of the hospital (if I remember it correctly).

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I think the writer made Soah a psychiatrist, so that it would facilitate the initial meeting and interactions between Soah and Habaek. If she worked in any other profession she might've directly called the police on him, before she saw his powers and believed him.

However I agree with one thing, it would've been a lot better for her to be a psychologist, rather than a psychiatrist, and it would've fit her character more.

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Ha! When my husband passed away it was suggested that I visit a grief counselor. After listening to her talking about the death of her husband, how she spent a month in bed in a fetal position, and how it took her 10 years to scatter his ashes, I decided she was not the one for me. I had a toddler to raise! I booked a trip to Disney World instead. It was an excellent place for me to gather my thoughts and make a plan. So in a way, Mickey Mouse was my therapist.

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Moms are amazing! So happy you worked it out.

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LOL.... it is also True. Therapist are also humans, and no. They find it really hard to apply what they know to themselves. My best friend is a psychologist, and she says all the time that her studies and carreer is a blessing for People around her, but not to herself...

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have so many questions !! Even though I finished the manhwa, i am so confused ~_~
1. Ms.Shim???? Habaek's first wife or love? Mora- don't fall in love with human again?So it's not Nakbin???!?
2. The blood on the stone?? Demi-God ( CEO)?!
The land is so important now, bec the Demi-God bought already it !?!( hope So ah will changed her mind :( Jebal!!! Habaek is jealous of CEO and So ah, right!?! For me , it seems he is jealous of them!?! I find it's cute and sad at the same time.

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I think so too, that the blood is caused by a demigod (either his own or someone he hurt). And yes Hu-ye is demigod, too.

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Yes, Hu-ye must be a god, because he used his divine powers to conjure up that big straw hat for So-ah :)

Or, is he descended from the fisherman? Him being an orphan (mom died young) would fit with that curse.

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That sudden outfit change I know! :)
And if Hu-ye is descended from the fisherman then he should be the servant, not So-Ah.

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I have come to understand that her job was given to her as irony. She is a caring person that doesn't want to be caring (due to her dad being so caring of others he ended up neglecting her) but she can't help wanting to help people which is probably why she became a psychiatrist, but also why she sucks at it because she doesn't want to listen to others' problems because she tends to care a lot more than he wishes she did.

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Daebak!

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I don't quite see the point of the diva type gal (the granddaughter).

I too am wondering what the point of that character is. Is she comic relief? Is she potential girlfriend material for Hu-ye--please no!? Probably the grandfather will figure in to the story more later.

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hahaha u are joking right?u bcame the therapist?

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Right? Lol. My friends say I'm easy to talk to but seriously, I was paying $130 an hour to hear her talking about her problems with her husband and etc.

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What we know :

- HuYe is not a mere human. He is "the man who could make that happen".

- BiRyeom is the reason of the god servant (SooAh ancestor) thingy.

- God Servant incident have something to do with Shim-shi, which might be a woman from human world.

- JooDong is missing because he was looking for MuRa's stone. I'm pretty sure JD is one of the god of the three elements. So he might be the earth god.

- Mura likes HaBaek, BiRyeom seems like he's into MuRa.

- HaBaek likes SooAh ?

What we don't know.

- Who the hell is HuYe? What is "the man that could make that happen"? Is he a god? But god doesn't have blood according to HB and MR. But is he a human, with the power of god?

- Is JD still alive?

- What the hell actually happen 300 years ago with the servant incident.

I thought I missed something with the subs that I saw. But reading the recaps does confuse me moree..

This show is fast with the development but so stingy with the detail.

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Like I mentioned above, I think Huye is demigod (I also think I read it in a trailer somewhere:) ). And Joodong is alive (he is a god afterall). The servant incident I'm super curious too.

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I thought in the first episode they mentioned 3 gods had the stones, Mura, BiRyeom, and JooDong.

If it's true that it's the Shim family that were the servants, then why is it that SooAh is the servant now?

I like the show precisely because so many clues are dropped and then show up a few episodes later. But I do wish they would expand on it just a teeny tiny bit more so that we're not so confused we give up.

So far it sounds like the clues are saying, something happened with a Shim woman, BR interfered by making the man fall into the lake, invokes the wrath of Mura's mom(?), thus making the Shim family servants?

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Isn't So Ah descended from the Shim family that's why she's the servant?

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Such a good statement! In the manwha, HuYe is the son of the emperor and helping Habaek in the water kingdom, but his position is below Habaek (more like guardian) and he likes So Ah too.

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we also know that Habaek can't go back to the realm of the Gods until he's achieved his mission on earth! (referring to the question 'What happens if he does get home, but he doesn’t have the stones?' in Lollypip's end comments). think this was mentioned by Namsuri when Habaek first realised he lost his coordinates and wanted to go back to retrieve it

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Thanks for recap :) I am liKing this show but I'm not really trying to understand it much. I agree it's about as clear as mud right now, haha.
Bi-Ryum reminds me of Loki in the Norse legends. Very mischievous but not necessarily bad.
Hi-ye asking if she was psychoanalyzing him and wondering if she thought he was a psychopath, etc...that scene was a big tell, imo.
It's interesting though that he seems to do a lot of good. He gives to the poor, raises trees, helps people...yet something is off about him. I find him interesting.

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Ugh, I just can't believe I'm Joo Hwan is going to be that guy again, the too-good-to-be-true guy who's really a bad guy. Don't be that guy!
I really wanted him to stay perfect and give me massive SLS here.

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omg this was the best episode soo far with all the mistry and haebak-so ah moments..i ship them hard
haebak was soo swoon and a i felt little sharp stabbing chest pain when they were hurting each other unintentionally with their words just to mask their feeling
and jelous haebak is soo welcome on my screen......looking forward to their moment
i love the CEO and his secretary with their weird sense of humur and damn thing will heat up with the CEO being more poqwerful than haebak and having an interest in so ah

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thanks Lollypip for the recap!!! totally love habaek and soah!!!!!

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Now we`re getting some juicy story. (I mean its always juicy for me. :D )Next episode will be about Hu-ye I hope. cross finger

I have this feeling that Habaek is controlling his feelings for So-Ah because of what happened in the past. A cute jealous Habaek is the same as a cute blushing in denial So-Ah. This game is what we call hide and seek--- of feelings. pffft.

In a different matter, I wonder, what role did Bi-reom play in all of this? is it for his own amusement? Hmm...

I can't wait to see more godly powers showing up here and there. Thanks LollyPip.

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I always think about the drama more after reading Lollypip's recap than while or after watching it! Oh I am so excited to know what is it that HaBaek caught on. But the reality is, I can't help gush over Krystal. And her goddess like dresses:p

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Me too! Krystal looks so much like a goddess in those fab clothes!

With that said, I sympathize a lot with Mura. Now I kinda ship her and Habaek (in vain, I know, sigh). I attribute it to Krystal's acting skills.

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That purple dress was a stunner. I want it so bad, but I have a feeling I won't look quite as fashionable as her.

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And that nude flowy dress was so goddessy! ♥♥♥

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This episode is what I have been waiting for, finally we got some clues on what is Hu-Ye's role (well, we don't know exactly yet, but at least we know he's not a mere human). Also, I am so (kind of) anticipating the love-triangle between Habaek, So-Ah, and Hu-Ye. (Did I get it right that Hu-Ye likes So-Ah? Because he asked if he got rejected by her?)

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Despite the mysterious vibe of Hoo Ye, I'm totally fine if So Ah ends up with him.
It's either because I want to watch IJH getting the girl or seeing the Water God with jealous mode on.

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Agree with you. I usually ship both lead male and female character, but hoo-ye is so charming and stable (despite whatever secret he has) that I want him to get soo ah.

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you guys are breaking my ship :'(. Just joking, we'll see with whom she ends with

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I keep sounding like a broken record, but sorry to say again, I am so frustrated at SSK's So Ah. I really can't connect when she pulls her hair or tries to make things look funny by acting cute, those moments come off as unfunny and robotic. I wonder if anyone else feels that way.Then I watched today's episode and surprisingly found that the CEO has more chemistry with her, than her with habaek. This made me think, could it be that because NJh has a GF now, I don't see that chemistry between him and SSK, and it's not SSK's fault? :S Don't know if that makes any sense, but I love habaek's scenes separately, and I love all the side characters, but it's So Ah I don't feel appealing. Also, I checked out the manhwa, just the wiki brief and it seems in the manga she was a village girl who was pledged to habaek or something? I felt that would have been lot more promising than psychiatrist so ah, who almost never does her job, and often is only seen running for signing a contract of a land, for money, just cause that will make her happy, [as habaek says], I wish her character was made differently. :( It just seems to me that the way So Ah's character is built up in this drama, it just doesn't go with the concept of being a water god's bride. A village girl might have been lot more endearing than a girl in the city context.

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why would a village girl be more endearing than a city girl??

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As I said I don't think her being a psychiatrist and in a city context doesn't bode well with habaek being god, and them looking for ancestral things. Maybe just a personal opinion, you don't have to agree with me or anything :)

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u do sound like a broken record and haterishh.....she has very awesome chemistry and the best scene with haebak...i think she is most vulnerable with him and has done an awesome job so far.... too bad u cant see it or u hv smthing bocking ur mind/view

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Damn, I'm not being a hater, here we go again :). I said what I felt, we can always agree to disagree, no need to go personal, if you love her, keep doing that, why nitpick?

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I understand where you're coming from, fay17.

Don't get me wrong, I am *thoroughly* enjoying the show. But I also just find SSK lacking.

I appreciate though that SSK's acting seemed to have improved a little in the last two episodes. Baaaaaaaaby steppppppssssss, I guess. :)

And re chemistry, I don't think it's due to NJH's personal life. For me, for example, Habaek has great chemistry with Mura. So Ah and Hoo Ye have good chemistry too, come to think of it. :)

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Yeah, I also felt habaek has better chemistry with mura, So ah and Hoo Ye too! Maybe it's just those moments in kdramas where actors being together doesn't guarantee the chemistry :S.

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she is best with the wind god with their bickering and all haebak is practically oozing love and hurt everytime he looks at so ah...and honestly like the recap said so ah has grown on me

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Nevertheless... i believe, in this case, almost every young and relative normal-looking woman will/can have chemistry with Nam Joo-hyuk! OmG... he is gorgeous!

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@cotton I'm not upset for myself since I'm used to getting downvotes by now,[and only for stating the fact that I don't like certain actor/actress], but to see that you had a perfectly logical post, and had to get downvotes, frankly upsets me more. I really hope DB gets rid of this downvote option. At this rate, it's mostly entertaining for the trolls, [ or more like people who certainly haven't aged] who make use of this button to fuel unnecessary drama.

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@fay17, oh please don't be! ?

I've been a loooooooong (looooooooong ?) time reader of dramabeans (though it is actually only now that I have officially registered -- oh the many missed opportunities of gushing with fellow beanies ?) so I'm also kinda familiar (and tbh slightly amused) by how the upvote/downvote feature is used by some.

C'est la vie. ? I came here for fun and interesting discussions with like minded (and even not so like minded) beanies. ?????

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Ooh hope we get more opportunity to spazz here :)). And thanks for your heart warming post <33, I feel a lot better now honestly heee :D.
Haha that was an interesting yet uplifting life lesson, I will keep that in mind :). and hope to have more interesting discussions with you here!

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No, her character here is a thousand times better than the manhwa. I'm not saying she's great here, but trust me you don't want her to be like in the manhwa. There she was completely helpless, wishy-washy, stupid, basically the worst kind of female lead you can think of.

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And which sucks, I do love rest of the gang, and the story is interesting to some extent.

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Ah sorry for the confusion, my earlier comment was, I think it must be because I can't connect to SSK then.

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She's not perfect but you not liking her acting could be because of her character but I really like her in this series and I even watched her other series Sensory Couple. I like the OTP's chemistry also. People have just different opinions.

You just need to get over it because you will be watching her for 8 episodes or you can't just stop watching the drama.

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Me too , I love her!! Why do i feel like I can relate to her character,maybe bec " it's kinda embarrassing " but my situation about love is kinda similar to So ah * sigh* blush *, anyway I've watched her dramas like , Fashin king, When a man loves, Blade man, Sensory couple, and Six flying dragons? ( one of the best historical drama) and now this ??

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Thanks for the recap Lollypip. And for your comments after it. Especially the questions, you made some damn good questions !!! :)

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Wait did I just miss the scenes that he got those stones or is someone a little lost with me?

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Bi-ryum and Mu-ra handed Ha-baek those stones in episode 6...about 25 to 30 minutes into the episode..watch it again..

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How did I miss that??? Or even forget??

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when Habaek replied Mura about Biryum being wrong about him not wanting to go home soon, we all assumed he lied.

but i wondered, what if he don't want to go back home anymore?

my wishful thinking..

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I know he is lying , because why he chose to answer when he saw CEO and So ah!?! He was hurt and he probably thinks that they "could, will" never be together ( same as previously love)?!? It was so sad and heartbreaking moment TT

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He may not be lying. Perhaps he chose to reply at that moment to give the answer Mura wanted. When he saw them together, he probably did want to return sooner.

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I knew it would be Bu ryum who would save so ah from tod because only a n air God's strong wind would have swooped her out to safety.

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When Ha baek saw So ah with HY in front of the restaurant he looked so broken hearted & literally got tears in his eyes, I somehow felt sorry for him. Also the time when MR mentioned his old love, he looked super sad.
I've always felt bad for such story lines when one person blessed with eternal life is left all alone after their mortal lovers die. It seems so cruel T.T
Although we still haven't seen the flashback about Sim chung or whoever that previous woman was, we can see that HB was hurt a lot by her departure; hence his over protectiveness for so ah.

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I think that scene is the best I've seen NJH act in this drama (this is not meant as an insult). The emotion and hurt in his face was so raw and natural. I think it's mentioned Shim Chung was made a demigod so she could live in the god realm but she just chose not to come back when she went back to the human world and fell in love with the king.

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Yeah I get your point, he showed that hurt so beautifully I almost cried.
And maybe shim Chung gave up her powers since she chose not to come back, we've yet to see the flashback...

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From waht i understad from the subtitles, bi ryum said to mura that habaek doesn't have any feelings or care towards shim chung. it's mura that are so caught up in jealousy of what happened in the past about nak bin that make her think habaek cares about shim chung.

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(Copy from someone) Its like this is the season 2 of the manhwa series that was Habaek falls to So Ah's ancestor and then he was betrayed by her so eventually her descendants promised servitude of all their generation up to So Ah but then he's falling to her descendant again that's why Mo Ra is pissed ?! I wonder who's the Mr. Shin's descendants or mother coz he is a demigod.

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What's better to watch than a lone handsome God brooding and agonizing over strange feelings he's experiencing whenever he's jealous? Let him brooding some more... 5-6 more episodes. I can't get enough watching those solemn pensive eyes and deep controllable voice while trying hard to cover his feelings. Oh God, you can't lie well. Your heart is in your sleeves, HB, everyone can see that.

YSA red as boiled crab and suffered erratic beating heart is so lol. But, uh, who wouldn't if subjected and scrutinized by those deep mesmerizing intense eyes? You're not alone, girl... *pat-pat*

And, goodness, IJH in straw hat is cute indeed. That slight smile goes really well with the hat. ^^

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Ahhhh! How can you end an episode like that!!!!! Can't wait till tonight!

I don't think I'm going to have to worry too much about Second Lead Syndrome from Hoo Ye ... *fingers crossed* I do think a little competition for Habaek is a good thing ... I was always rooting for Hoo Ye when reading the original so I'm kinda relieved ?

I am loving So Ah as a character ... I am dying to learn more about her story ...

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Thanks for the recap Lollypip!
I really like this show but sometimes the writer need to explain more. Sometimes I get lost when the characters mention something about the past. *scratches head*

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omg u guys are mostly haters ...u are Krystal fan gal that's why u want her with haebak and commented to love her on ur earlier post but she has chemistry with the blond guy with haebak its zeroooooo unless of course u are her fan girl....and so ah is awesome and her moments with haebak were moving in this episode...deal with it haters...she is end game AKA OTP

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the above post is dedicated to @cotton and fay 17.....haters one 0 one

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I am not a hater, allison. :) (nor a krystal fan gal, for that matter ??)

People can have differing opinions without having to be a "hater" or a "fan gal".

And people who enjoy the show as much as the next viewer can have other (but equally valid) opinions that may not always be the same as those of other viewers and fans.

We can just agree to disagree. :)

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I'm watching this bec of Nam Joo hyuk and I like the plot ( finished the manhwa ) so , it's kinda upset me that people just criticized the actors/actresses. They are not perfect in everything , but I can't seems to find why ppl complain, I must be blind that I didn't see any lacking in their skills. I've watched Shin Sekyung dramas (4) and her face has always been like that. Seriously, I love them all (the casts).✌????

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WOW things people do for their OTP, congrats allison! I so didn't know they were the endgame!
And I'm not any fan of Krystal or anyone, this is just my personal opinion. Even at times, I didn't like my favorite actor in any certain drama, since I felt that role or drama didn't suit them, so it's totally personal, our choice varies. It's shocking to see this kind of behavior here, which I'm lately seeing a lot. A little bit of civility and respect we can expect here I guess since this is a drama community? Well, you are all welcome to hate me all you want if it makes you feel so good.

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Dear fay17 I understand that people have different opinions but sadly most of the babies that comment on this board will call one the devil if god forbid thinks with their rational brain, and disagrees they have mob mentality and just go with whatever is told to them by the show or by the recaper and all their shows is great wonderful and perfect. Dramabeans recapers never write bad things about a show NEVER even if the show is a complete trainwreak and disaster, they only coment when things come to public scandals and masive media outrage read the man Who Dies To Live recap or any of Cheese in the Trap recaps prior to the Park Hae Jin scandal, and 90% of their beanies are like minded spazes who are YES MAN to everything they are served to.

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> Dramabeans recapers never write bad things about a show NEVER even if the show is a complete trainwreak

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i am just catching up with this drama. Nam Joo Hyuk is so good here. I am giving side eyes to anyone who said he isnt godly enought and acting is bad. You are freaking wrong and you are jealous as heck. This drama is good, but hope plots pick up rather than revolving around romance.

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i cant imagine ny else as haebakhe is no then goblin.....the drama is romance gerne mostly and its about haebak and his bride xo its 70 or 60% romance even the manga was mostly romance and it has picked up a lot in the last 2 episodes...i just need them to explain the ancestor thing and cant wait for CEO and haebak show down

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If gods would take human shapes, at least one of them would do a good job wanting to use NHJ's body. He is absolutely beautiful!!! ??

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Okay, I'm not 100% hooked on the main OTP, because I like So-ah's interaction with Hu-ye better than So-Ah with Ha-baek. But, I'm hooked 109.24% on the drama's mythology. I'm impressed by Krystal's acting, since her previous roles didn't capture me as much as her stint as Mura did. Side note, I wonder if the minor gods have some kind of union rep or not, since they sounded like they could use one.

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The minor gods and their bitching and moaning cracked me up, such a real-life workplace scenario.
I wondered if some of them are "lookalikes" to important people in Korea, i.e. a quick glance at one in the screencap reminded me of Psy and another of a famous movie director (whose name I don't know). It's funny to think of people in your real world as having accomplished big things and gotten rich because they are actually minor gods ?

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True. Those with good looks apparently had blessed lives. Ha. Like I saw a couple of young-looking minor gods with suits. Meanwhile that Geol-rin had to make do with disguising himself as a monk to survive.

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personally i feel like krystal has a nice dynamic and better chemistry with the wind god and he seemed to care.. better story than a one sided crush

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Ha-baek has two stones

Uh, there must be a better way to say that.

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LOL!! :D

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Bilateral symmetry (having two stones) is only enough for the mortal realm.

Having three stones will be what makes him king of the gods. ;)

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Thanks for the speedy recap, @Lollypip! While I liked this episode, I’m TOTALLY excited to see who Hu-Ye reveals himself to be and how he fits into the divine storyline/myths….most intriguing….!!!

Show seems to suggest that minor gods are actually criminals from the Divine World, and most likely chose exile in the human world rather than another form of punishment. I wonder if Hu-Ye is also a criminal, minor god, who is attempting to redeem himself. Yet, unlike the other miscreants, he’s trying self-improvement as a way of penitence.

I am still curious to know who Joo Dong is, if he is indeed So-ya’s father (unlikely, but still possible).

And the issue of Habaek being heartbroken over a human woman is extremely intriguing, especially since we know that in the original story, he fell in love with So-ya. There must be a connection between the Shin/Shim family and So-ya since the Shin family is meant to be the gods’ servants, but So-ya has a different last name. Most intriguing!

I’ve liked NJH ever since MLSHR and WFKBJ, I have to admit his character might improve with a bit more gravitas. Given that this is a rom-com, I think he can get away without having it, and he’s doing a very decent job, but the gravitas would have made the fish-out-of-water moments even funnier. But, eh….that’s a very insignificant observation on my part. I like SSK’s So-ya. And the actors who play Hu-ye, Mu-ra, and Bi-Ryeom are holding their own, which is great to see!

Can’t wait for next week!

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Don't Koreans take their father's name? So any time the descendant's child is a girl, the next generations last name will change.

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'nobody from the Realm of the Gods has any blood'...but ha-baek actually bled last episode..it was just a slight scratch but there Was blood in his hand..and i don't like this :( he's becoming more vulnerable..

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Oh did he bleed last week? I can't recall; memory of a goldfish. ?

The "bleeding" scene I remember was when So Ah cut her hand as she fell off a building.

Is that bleeding scene different from the one you refer? :)

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yes..towards the end of episode 6, before the 'accident'..when Ha-baek grabs So-ah's wrist and So-ah spills her emotions crying..there's a moment when the camera lingers upon his hand tight on her wrist..There you can see a cut in his hand and blood seeping out of his vein..
I'm surprised that no one caught or talked about that...not even the beanies...or...am i seeing things?? please watch for yourself and do tell me about it :)

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Oooooooh! I indeed didn't catch that! Will rewatch, thanks! :)

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We have gods of water, air and (eventually) earth. But do we also have a hidden god/goddess of discord? Seems to be a far-above-average number of disagreements here.

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Hail, Eris! fnord

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this series is getting more and more exciting i ship the otp hope they will stop their noble idiocy and confess
so curious about haebak's past love and so ah's ancestry..he is soo emotional whenever the topic is brough up or when so ah is with ceo
even if ceo is a villain i cant hate him ,he is soo cute and kward without even knowing it
and what is mora still hiding from haebak

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It is interesting to me that all the gods except the minor gods (and Bi Ryeom) seem to lack a sense of humor. It's not surprising they all lack empathy for humans: they are gods after all, and most gods in stories seem to regard humans as property/toys/strategic game pieces in their dealings with other gods--but why shouldn't they have a sense of humor?

And since Bi Ryeom's sense of humor lacks empathy, his sense of humor is rather cruel.

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They do seem flat! That's exactly the word. I guess you're right that it works because it makes them seem inhuman, which they are. Yet they have other emotions, like anger and jealousy...

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SSK is lovely in this episode; I connected with her on every level. She shines in all the tender moments. I love her vulnerability, and the hurt in her eyes when she sees that Habaek wasn't there at his usual spot. I love that panning to her feet, and that turn, the pause, the expectation that her paladin would be there just around the corner, waiting, as usual, tonight, like he has been waiting, every single night, the shock as we see the empty space - that crushing disappointment she -and I - felt was captured so beautifully as her entire face fell.

I realized watching the scene toward the end in the restaurant where Soon-ah grabs a moment with the CEO that I have come to like her so much. I am so happy for SSK, and so happy that she is doing such a great job. She has such amazing chemistry with Habaek I get chills when they are together, and I kind of stop breathing. She has amazing chemistry with the CEO, too - the scene when they were walking together after working on the farm was so so sweet. Im Ju hwan has the sweetest smile ever, so sweet it almost breaks my heart.

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I LOVES her! I relate to her so much! I love her vulnerability as well as her ability to find inner strength!

When she tells Hoo Ye that she will be the one to put her feelings to rest and she already has ... *goose bumps*

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Ho Ye: How fast is the breeze that shook your heart? I'd like to know if it's a breeze I can stop.

These lines that came out of nowhere left me speechless. Totally unexpected, and so moving.

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I'm really watching this for her (I have mixed feelings about the other aspects of the show). I like how she gets to play a heroine who isn't really all that heroic. I like how Eun-ho is a dour, pessimistic person and SSK makes her feel so relatable and mature too. And I'm cheering for her to sell her land (I know the paperwork is signed, but I get the feeling something will happen to the land deal) and to get enough money to move to an island that will make her happy.

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I meant Soo-Ah. Getting my monday drama heroine names mixed up!

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DB has disabled the downvotes function. Thanks so much, DB.

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"For example, if Joo-dong has been missing for over a decade, why is Mura looking for a house for him to live in with her"

I'm confused (about so much lol), I thought Moo Ra was looking for a house for her and Haebak to stay in?

While I can appreciate all the good scenes and storytelling we get from Haebak not having his powers, we are half way through the drama and I'm officially over it. I want him to get his powers back sooner than the last 2 episodes which is when I suspect they'll come back.

I'm so glad to read that things that were mentioned in this episode weren't shown clearly in past episodes. I thought I had missed a few things. I'm going to re-watch this episode since this recap gave me some clarity.

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I think he yu maybe human who take stone from ju dong..that is why he got the power..and keep the stone..just my thoughts...?

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I was so scared Im Joohwan will be stereotyped as a nice guy on the outside evil psycho on the inside. So wishing he wouldn't be that character again! He does scare me so he's doing a really good job. Maybe I'll just go back and finish Ugly Alert to wipe out memories of him being evil.

That empty road to So-ah's house made me tear up a bit. I think I know how she felt to see nobody there when she's so used to seeing Habaek waiting for her. :(

Also, isn't the little girl with Huye the girl we saw in the beginning with YDG?

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Yeah, I was wondering about that little girl too... I mean, she has to play a role, somehow, in the story...

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Also, some Beanu¡ie mentioned anything about Bi Ryeom's hair colour changing depending on...maybe his mood? or the situation. That's interesting too. Sometimes he does have a blond hair, sometimes is more grey-ish. Maybe I am just over reacting, but could that be a hint for sth else?

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I would like to help , the shim woman is Shim Chung, whose story Habaek told to Soah a few episodes ago. I think Hu Ye is a past emperor or something, he's the one biryeom was talking about when he said the guy who would kill them all. I don't think Hu Ye is bad, I think he loves humans or the human world? And maybe the Shin family that he is with now are the servant family. I still think Ju Dong is So Ah's dad.

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This show! I don't understand the half of it even after raid the recaps and your comments, Lollypip. But, I am still watching because, well... there are not many shows that I would like to watch while airing...

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Admitting when you can't do something and need help is a sign of strenght, I just wish more people realized that. Great recap I am loving this drama a lot, just not in the way I thought I would :P

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I don't know with others but I'm really liking the OTP's chemistry. They are not the best actors but I'm loving them and the story is getting interesting as we are getting to know more about the mystery.

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Half dialogues without substance or context of the water god 2017.

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First, I want to say did my eyes spy Kim Tae Hwan, from the Chinese drama "My Amazing Boyfriend," playing the silent minor god Jin Geon?!

Next: Wow! Lollypip!!!!! Your recap and comments were incredibly awesome and really enhanced my understanding and appreciation of this episode! You were very insightful, and also brought up many bits and bobs from over the series that came and went and shouldn't be forgotten. Thanks!

I am nodding my head at your character analyses. I hope Hoo Ye doesn't turn out to be sinister, and while I was viewing him (with perhaps a tainted vision from the manhwa) as someone good deep down, you nicely point out that it is looking like he's serious trouble. Maybe he'll be complex and multi-layered. I'd like that. Soo Ah has also grown on me, tremendously, and thank you for articulating the reasons why.

I feel like though there are so many characters in this drama, for the most part they really seem to have a valuable role and purpose.

I LOVE what you (LP) said about Habaek's reasoning for So Ah not to sell the land. It makes it much richer that the reason is very humanly relatable and not cosmically magical.

I am also very worried about those fish, but mostly because I felt bad that live fish were tossed around the beach for filming.

Lastly, Shin Se Kyung, with her current hair color, looks positively beautiful in those orangey, corally, pinkish hues! <3

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Yay! Somebody else who recognised Kim Tae Hwan. Kinda funny that in My Amazing Boyfriend he was voiced by someone else and here he doesn't speak.

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Thanks for the great recap Lollypip. You do such a great job of drawing out all the fun in an episode.

Don't mean to be captain obvious if this is a restatement of what others have already said. (Don't have time to go through all the comments until later.) :-(

Theories:
My guess on Hu-Ye's identity is that he's either:
A. The 1/2 human son of “Shim-sshi”. He'd be from the realm of the gods and also a human. Then the blood near the gate is his.
B. That he's the Earth god, who's trying to conceal himself.
C. He's both A and B.

Habaek has until the "7th red water" to obtain all three stones. The director has hung a lantern on various times when blood combined with water during Hye Baek's time on earth. 1. When So Ah's hand was cut when she was thrown off the ledge, the cliffhanger episode showed one drop mingling with the water sphere around HB. 2. HB cut his hand rescuing SA and that would have mingled. 3. The fish blood mingling in the water. And now 4) the bloody rock near the watery gate. I wonder if these correspond to the appearance of the 'read waters' in the realm of the gods.

Obtaining the last stone: In the first time we saw SA visiting her land, didn't they show a sparkly stone lying on the ground? So if HY purchases the land from 'the descendant', would he gain legitimate ownership of the stone...which otherwise would be impossible?

Why do they fight so much? Modeled after the greek pantheon. There's a reason why greek theatre was so prolific an entertaining!

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Red waters not read waters.
And correspond with not correspond to.
And the first time, not in the the first time.
Sheesh!

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Interesting take on "red water"!!! That is a more artistic and poetic interpretation!

And here I was thinking all along that it meant the red tide phenomenon. (As in the bloom of certain toxic algae.) Hahaha

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Oh, the blood in the water, you're so right. That really has been dwelt on in the show. Innaresting ???

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LollyPip, thanks for another great recap and the aid in recalling what the heck has happened so far. I'm really confused and never expected this to be a drama I'd have to watch twice to figure out. I thought I came just to gaze at NJH!

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Well, if a god in this Drama worries for the beings living in their realm (like Mura for fishes), then we see Hu-ye worrying about trees. My preliminary conclusion is that he is the earth god.

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I have problem in understanding people who dislike SSK portrayal as SoAh. I LOVE HER. SoAh is a spunky, brave, idependent and won't hesitate to say what is what especially when she's with Habaek. That guy is a god - Water-country's King-to-be, Realm of God's Emperor-to-be, every lower Gods cowered when hearing his name and she called him Water Demon who possesed her right at his face!! I cracked up everytime SOAh defies him and wears that expression "yeah..yeah..I know you're almighty and everything ' everytime he tries to command her to do anything. She talks back at him and doesn't let him control her. If not for the superpower of the Gods which of course ANY HUMAN would have trouble in handling, I think she's good enough to stand on her own 2 feet.

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I think there is some confusions in the recaps and i think some viewers confusion, so here is my take on what i understand from the show as for now:
1) Moo ra wants to buy a house not for her and joo dong but for her and habaek to live while habaek is still in human realm.

2) If there is no problem in the subbed version that i used to watch, bi ryum said to mura that mu-ra is clearly full of jealousy towards shim chung due to the past incident with nak bin, but she failed to see that ha baek doesn't care at all on what happened towards shim chung. the problem here: what is the past incident with nak bin?

3) Joo dong is an earth god. it had been said from the very first ep while the high priest brief on the god stones to habaek. mu-ra and bi-ryum also refers joo dong as an earth god. but the problem here, where is joo dong?

4) it's been said by nam soo ri in the first episode that habaek a god would not be able to go back to divine realm if they are not finished yet with their missions.

5)mu-ra had said that bi-ryum is the mastermind behind the god's servant incident because he wants to hurt habaek, but fails though. i am looking forward to watch the god's servant tale to be unfold in later episodes.

6) that little girl with hu ye is the same one at the opening of ep 1, talking with a monk (cameo by yang dong geun).I get a goosebumps there, never did i thought that the opening scene have an important. i suspect yang dong geun is joo dong.

I think that is all for now. This show requires us to be more observant and need to have a full attention so that we won't miss any important points. And that is why i like this show. i like it when i was given tiny little puzzles for me to solve so that i would gasp when theyy revealing the answer bits by bits. and i think, the shows give us a lot of clues but it is all up to us on how we pieces up the puzzles to create an answer. And that is why i love the writings a lot. So unusual.

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Thank you, Forsythia, this is very helpful.

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Glad it helps you..

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