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Black: Episode 6

Black’s mission to find the runaway Shadow means Ha-ram finally gets to meet her favorite idol star, although sometimes an idol is better off left on its pedestal, image untarnished. Meanwhile, Soo-wan deals with the realization that the tapes from twenty years ago are in someone else’s hands, and Kwang-kyun’s investigation into Jin-sook’s death gets him closer to a greater conspiracy.

EPISODE 6 RECAP

Black wakes up from a dream of Clara hitting Sun-young, demanding the tapes, just like we’ve seen previously from Moo-gang’s memory — but this time the younger boy is there, too, watching alongside Joon. Black remembers the video tape from the secret room, but when Black enters the secret room, it’s empty — no tape, no photos or news articles on the wall. Everything’s gone.

A man who’s face we can’t see (but who wears a butterfly watch identical to the one Man-soo’s father had) now has the video of teenage Soo-wan undressing herself, and he orders the missing-middle-finger man to bring her to him.

 

In a flashback, we see teenage Soo-wan buttoning her shirt, tearfully telling Clara that she won’t to do it. Clara reminds Soo-wan (or Seon-young, as she was known then) that it’s expensive to become a doctor, and there’s no one who can afford to pay Soo-wan’s tuition. The only person who offered was Joon’s mother, but she’s in jail.

Left with little choice, Soo-wan cries as she tells Clara that she’ll do it. Clara turns on the camera as Soo-wan starts to undress.

In the present, Soo-wan rushes to the ER as a patient is wheeled in. She stops short when one of the paramedics says that it’s a man who threatened to rape a girl, but then was stabbed with his own knife. Soo-wan freezes, the rapist’s blood on her hands as another doctor attends to the patient.

 

In the privacy of the restroom, Soo-wan sobs as she scrubs the rapist’s blood from her hands. Regaining her composure, she exits the restroom, surprised to see Black standing there. He first thinks she’s the one who stole everything from the secret room, but Soo-wan is rattled when he mentions the stolen tapes. Then Black decides the likely culprit is the man with the missing finger who tried to steal Moo-gang’s eyes.

Kwang-kyun visits Jin-sook’s husband, who admits the Singing Pumpkin business card is his. It’s his dream to be a trot singer, and Jin-sook designed the card based on a design from a bar she used to work at. He also tells Kwang-kyung about Commissioner Song’s recent visit, when he asked to see Jin-sook’s old pictures.

Back at home, Black tells Joseon and Hip-hop about the dreams he’s been having. Joseon says that they’re just leftover memories in Moo-gang’s brain, but he’s worried that Black might start to be experiencing side effects of becoming more and more human, such as eventually not being able to teleport.

Black’s disdainful about becoming one of those “uncivilized” humans and renews his determination to find Loser. He needs to do it as soon as possible so he can get out of Moo-gang’s body.

Ha-ram is, of course, his only hope of quickly finding Loser, so he takes her to the food cart ajumma that Black had tracked down his first day in Moo-gang’s body.

 

Black tells Ha-ram to look for the Shadow in anyone who approaches the food cart. Conveniently, the first customer is a motorcyclist, and Ha-ram can see the Shadow lurking within his chest.

Ha-ram and Black try to chase down the motorcyclist, who speeds away. Then Ha-ram and Black run into the local gangsters, who are ready for a rematch. Even though Black speedily takes them all down in his desperation to follow after the motorcycle, it’s enough of a diversion that he loses the cyclist.

The food cart ajumma tells them that the motorcyclist is a regular customer who’s one of her son’s friends, although she doesn’t know much about him. She recognizes Black as the guy who followed her while wearing a hospital gown, but Black stubbornly denies it. Ha!

 

Black investigates one of the nearby restaurants and finds a man in black with a motorcycle helmet next to him. Black grabs the man, shoving him face first into his food, ordering Loser to leave the man’s body. But Ha-ram rushes in and tells Black that it’s the wrong man — there’s no Shadow.

Over lunch, Black’s still focused on the task at hand, insisting Ha-ram carefully scrutinizes everyone for Shadows. Exasperated, she tells him that there are no Shadows and he should stop being obsessed about it for just a few minutes.

But Black finds it odd that Loser wouldn’t want to be close to his sister, who’s also having lunch there with her friends. Ha-ram chows down on the rice cakes, but Black refuses to eat.

 

He uses his thumb to wipe off a bit of sauce that’s smeared on Ha-ram’s lips, then he tastes it — and immediately spits it out, startled by the spicy flavor. Ha, it’s not exactly Ha Ji-won and Hyun Bin’s Secret Garden foam kiss.

Black overhears Loser’s sister, Soo-young, mention that the motorcyclist gave her money, saying he’s a friend of her brother’s. Ohhh, so the food cart ajumma is Loser’s mother.

On the restaurant TV, a commercial with Hallyu star Leo starts playing, and Soo-young angrily says that her brother killed himself because, even though he was Leo’s manager, Leo never stopped bullying him. She’s convinced her brother became a ghost just to haunt Leo.

Well, Loser might not be haunting Leo as a ghost, but he does seem to be stalking him as a Reaper in another body. The motorcyclist pulls up at Leo’s house (that’s surrounded by screaming fangirls), puts something in the mailbox, and then drives off. When Leo’s manager delivers all the mail and packages from the fans, Leo finds the bloody note made from cut-out magazine words, warning Leo he’ll regret his past actions.

Black stops by Leo’s place just then, asking if Leo has seen any suspicious people nearby. Leo rudely dismisses Black and then retreats to his room. Leo’s manager apologizes for Leo’s attitude, then gives Black the bloody letter. The manager is worried about what it means, since it seems more than just a hate letter from a anti-fan.

Leo secretly watches Black and his manager from his bedroom, recalling the last time he saw Moo-gang. A flashback shows Leo on the floor, overdosing on drugs. A dazed Moo-gang stands next to him, then slowly throws a manila envelope into the trash. Moo-gang turns and walks away from Leo, who begs for help.

At the hospital, Soo-wan worries about how quickly she’ll be discovered as the original Seon-young, and if she’ll eventually be killed in the same brutal manner as Clara and Jin-sook. She leaves a letter of resignation on her desk and then leaves, carrying the bag of Moo-gang’s bloody clothing from the day he died.

 

Just as she’s headed out, the missing-finger man arrives at the hospital, looking for her. Soo-wan hurries to the elevator, grabbing a scalpel from a nurse’s station, which she then uses to stab the man’s hand when he attempts to hold open the elevator door. She stabs him right in the prosthetic finger, which seems to annoy him more than anything else, but thankfully Soo-wan is able to safely escape once the elevator fills with other doctors and patients.

Kwang-kyun continues to study the CCTV footage from Mujin, trying to piece everything together. Even though he can’t see the faces of the men caught on camera, he deduces that Jin-sook must have been a part of the prostitution ring mentioned in Commissioner Song’s notebook.

Kang-kyun also concludes that Commissioner Song recognized the man in the CCTV footage, and was on his way to tell Kwang-kyun about it when he died in the car accident. Based on the CCTV footage, Kwang-kyun believes that the man with the butterfly watch ordered the man with the missing finger to kill Jin-sook, due to something related to the teenage prostitution ring.

As they stake out Leo’s house, Black asks Ha-ram to carefully scrutinize Leo and his surroundings make sure there isn’t a Shadow nearby. That’s a dream come true for Ha-ram, since she’s a huge fan, and there’s no hardship on her end to stare at her favorite star.

As Leo’s stylist prepares him for his evening schedule, she takes advantage of the empty dressing room to try and steal a kiss, but he rebuffs her. She then hands him a hotel key, telling Leo to meet her there after work. When a girl group enters the room, Leo hands one of them the hotel card from the stylist, nonchalantly asking the girl group member to meet him there later.

Black and Ha-ram arrive at the dressing room, but Leo storms out before his manager can explain their presence. Ha-ram’s a little overwhelmed by seeing her idol so close in person, but she also confirms that there aren’t any Shadows nearby.

Hours later when the performance ends, Ha-ram carefully stares at each one of the departing fans — but once again, no one has a Shadow. Leo’s manager runs over to them, worried because Leo has suddenly disappeared. Duty-bound to save her idol, Ha-ram takes the lead, barking out orders for everyone to search the broadcast building, since Leo couldn’t have gone very far.

Near one of the exits, Ha-ram sees a man lighting a cigarette. When she touches him to ask if he’s seen Leo, she gets a vision that the man will die if he stays in that spot, being hit by something — or someone — falling from the roof. She tells the man that he’d better move or else he’ll die.

Ha-ram hurries to the rooftop where a woman stands on the ledge. Ha-ram’s too far away to save her before the woman steps off the ledge, but Leo — who had apparently escaped to the roof — grabs the woman, and together he and Ha-ram pull her to safety.

 

Ha-ram tries to comfort the woman, a rookie writer who had her first drama script stolen by a more established writer and director. She was at her wits end because no one would believe her about the theft, and she didn’t have the strength to keep fighting against the more powerful.

The writer thought that if she killed herself at the broadcast station, someone would finally acknowledge her. Ha-ram gently reassures her that even if she’s exhausted and lonely, to try and hang on since someone will be on her side one day.

Encouraged by Ha-ram’s words, the woman leaves with a much more optimistic view on life. Black, exasperated, asks Ha-ram if she saved that woman’s life. Actually, Leo did, and Ha-ram points out that Leo is a good guy after all. Black’s just relieved it wasn’t Ha-ram’s doing.

Ha-ram returns home to find her young stepbrother waiting for her. He has an envelope of cash from her mother, who got the deposit money back from her husband. Aha, so it was indeed Ha-ram’s stepfather who lied about Ha-ram moving out.

Ha-ram tries to ignore her stepbrother, but when he catches his arm in her door, she notices a huge bruise on his arm.

Ha-ram’s mother is at work as a nurse at Royal Hospital, and she can’t help but overhear a woman yelling at her cousin’s estranged husband. The woman tells him that his wife is going to die soon, so he should visit before it’s too late.

Ha-ram bursts into the hospital ward, dragging her stepbrother behind with her. Yep, there’s a Shadow on the cousin — she’s definitely going to die soon. But Ha-ram ignores it to yell at her mother for marrying a man who abuses his son — and his wife, apparently, because Mom tries to quickly cover up her own bruises.

Even though Ha-ram is angry at her mother, as soon as she leaves the ward, she reports her stepfather’s domestic abuse to the police. The drunken estranged husband of the dying woman bumps into Ha-ram on his way to see his wife, and he angrily tells his wife that she should just die already.

Man-soo’s at the bar where Jin-sook’s husband works, and Man-soo asks if they’ve caught Jin-sook’s murderer yet. One of the bar girls, Tiffany, is friendly with Man-soo, knowing that he comes to this seedy bar particularly so he can be left alone.

Aw, Man-soo can’t stop thinking about Ha-ram, but tells Tiffany that he’s totally not attracted to Ha-ram, nope, it’s just about business. Mmm-hmmm. Sure. Besides, he has his exclusive Halloween party to think about, which is part of his plan to retain and attract Royal Insurance VIP clients.

The owner of the bar is also one of the hostesses that used to work at Singing Pumpkin, but she’s in Japan and won’t be back until next week. Even though Kwang-kyun can’t talk to the owner right now, he at least asks Jin-sook’s husband if he recognizes the butterfly watch — but Jin-sook’s husband has never seen it before.

 

Man-soo invites Ha-ram to the VIP Halloween party so she can check to see if anyone has a Shadow, which will save her time from having to track them all down individually. Ha-ram thinks the party is a ridiculous idea, but Man-soo sweetens the pot by telling her Leo will be there. If that doesn’t motivate her, then threatening to fire her will, since it means she won’t get the investigation file about her father’s death.

Black’s still trying to track down Loser, but no matter how much he has Ha-ram stare at the people around Leo, there’s no Shadow to be found. Ha-ram shows Black the Halloween party invitation. Since Leo will be there, it might be a good chance to find the Shadow.

But Black is distracted by the cartoon depiction of a Grim Reaper on the invitation — the kind with the classic hood and scythe. He scoffs at how tacky human’s imaginations are, telling her that Reapers actually look quite gentle. Pffft.

As Ha-ram figures out costumes for them to wear, the missing-finger man keeps an eye on Black, assuming that Soo-wan will eventually show up to wherever Moo-gang is. Except Soo-wan’s on the phone trying to get a flight to Chicago ASAP, since she’s accepted a position at an American hospital in order to flee the country.

Thanks to Black’s “help” in picking out costumes, Ha-ram arrives to the party dressed as Princess Fiona from Shrek. It may not be the most elegant costume, but Ha-ram still princess-flounces into the party, ready to look for Shadows. To her dismay, nearly everyone is wearing a mask, making it difficult for her to figure out who are the VIP clients on her list.

 

Aw, Man-soo is dressed as Shrek, although it seems he didn’t actually try to match Ha-ram. Nevertheless, they’re delighted by the coincidence, but when Ha-ram brags that she haggled the cost of her costume down to 20,000 won, Man-soo confesses he spent 2,000,000 won. Hee!

Black arrives at the party in the costume that Ha-ram picked out for him, which is a black suit with a name tag that says, “Grim Reaper.” HAHAHAHA! Apparently he’s dressed as Brad Pitt’s titular character from Meet Joe Black (and, of course, Black’s namesake).

I’ve never seen the movie, so both Black and I are bewildered that Ha-ram was so adamant he carry around a jar of peanut butter. But Black thinks the peanut butter is tasty, so there’s no complaints. As Black reminds Ha-ram that she needs to keep an eye out for the Shadow, a masked man stealthily steals Black’s phone from his pocket.

 

Soo-wan is heartbroken that she won’t be able to say a final goodbye to Moo-gang in person. She instead has to settle for a call goodbye, but she’s surprised when another man answers. It’s the missing-finger man — aha, so he was the one who stole Black’s phone. He tells Soo-wan that if she wants to save Moo-gang’s life, then she better come quickly.

Man-soo touches up his Shrek makeup while one of his chaebol buddies asks why “that girl from the bar” was invited to the party. Man-soo defends Tiffany, telling his smarmy buddy that Tiffany is a friend so the buddy better watch what he says about her. On the way back to the party, the smarmy buddy offers Man-soo’s nephew some drugs. Uh-oh.

 

Tiffany does not look thrilled to be at the same party as Leo. A flashback shows that Leo did not take kindly to Tiffany refusing to spend time with him outside the bar, and grabbed her hair to drag her into his van. Man-soo and Loser (who was still alive and Leo’s manager at that time) intervened to save her.

At the party, Man-soo apologizes on Leo’s behalf, and Tiffany says that a VIP party isn’t as much fun as she thought it would be. Aw, when she asks if she can take a slice of cake home to her daughter, Man-soo offers to pack up a whole tray of leftovers for her. What a thoughtful cutie.

In repayment for Man-soo’s kind gesture, Tiffany gets the DJ to play a song just for the “Shrek” couple. Black watches Ha-ram and Man-soo hamming it up on the dance floor in an effort to entertain the VIP clients. Black sneers that they don’t suit each other, but I beg to differ, because they’re actually the cutest things ever.

 

Soo-wan finds Black on the balcony at the party. She tearfully confesses that she’s leaving for America, adding that since she came all this way to say goodbye, he could at least try to look a little sad. Soo-wan leans in for a kiss — which Ha-ram sees, her eyes filled with the pain of broken heart.

Even though Black pushes Soo-wan away, he wonders to himself why his heart always seems to ache when he’s around Soo-wan. Soo-wan tells him that she’ll repent for the rest of her life because of what she’s done. She also thinks it’s for the best that he doesn’t try too hard to regain his memories.

Suddenly the lights are shut off. The guests think the sudden darkness all a part of the party atmosphere, but Ha-ram starts to panic after someone bumps into her and she has a Shadow-vision of how that person dies. The person’s face is obscured in her vision so she can’t tell who it is.

 

Soo-wan also disappears during the darkness, stabbing the missing-finger man in the neck with a nail file when he tries to grab her. Once the lights turn on again, a bewildered Black wonders where Soo-wan vanished to. Black sees the masked missing-finger man stagger off, clutching his bloody neck.

The man runs after Soo-wan as she drives off. She speeds down the highway, and he follows in close, angry pursuit. But Black suddenly drops onto the man’s car, trying to force the man off the road. It’s a bloody battle on the car as Black punches through the window to try and take control of the steering wheel, but the man slams on the breaks, causing Black to tumble off the hood.

 

Now out of the car, the man and Black fight each other in the middle of a bridge. Black angrily tells the man that things will get complicated if the man kills Moo-gang again. In response, the man stabs Black in the stomach, telling him that he (Moo-gang) should have laid low and behaved after being allowed to live.

Then the man throws Black over the side of the bridge, where he splashes into the water. Soo-wan, who had turned her car around when she saw Moo-gang fighting the missing-finger man, runs over to the edge of the bridge, screaming Moo-gang’s name. As Black starts to drown, he hears Ha-ram shouting “Oppa, no!” He muses that Ha-ram will be sad about Moo-gang’s death.

The missing-finger man grabs Soo-wan and drags her off. Black continues to sink deeper into the water. Suddenly, his eyes open. Black: “What’s going on? Why can’t I leave?”

COMMENTS

I thought I was finally getting a decent grasp of how the supernatural worked in the human world, but now I’m just as baffled as Black. Which is undoubtedly a good cliffhanger to keep me watching because I want to know why he’s the exception to the rule. But I also feel like Black on the hood of the car, careening wildly about with no idea where this is going but still clinging on for dear life as the writer speeds through more plot (and even more random details that will undoubtedly be vitally important later). I also want to punch through the windshield and grab the steering wheel, all the while screaming, “What is going on? Where is this going? WILL IT ALL EVENTUALLY MAKE SENSE???”

I don’t know what to trust any more. Leo’s obviously a terrible guy because of the way he treated Tiffany, but why would Moo-gang be so heartless as to leave him behind when he was overdosing (whether purposefully or not, I’m still not sure)? It’s a good thing Black is still stuck in Moo-gang’s body because there are so many more memories of his that I need to know, because Moo-gang is definitely not just the adorable clumsy buffoon we first met. There’s something wayyyyyyyy deeper going on — but at this rate, I’m not sure when we’ll find out what it is. Hopefully we will soon, though, because I’m starting to get “detail retention fatigue.”

At least this episode actually had someone’s life being saved, even if Ha-ram wasn’t directly involved (but she totally would have done it if she could have, so I at least give her that much credit, since if she had the vision, then maybe Leo wouldn’t have noticed and interfered if Ha-ram hadn’t run up there and screamed). Then again, she may have been responsible for saving the life of the guy who was going to be killed by the writer’s falling body, although I’m not sure how much of a win that would have. I’m pretty sure the man she saved is the scarface guy who killed the doctor at the mental health hospital, then went looking for Soo-wan — the same guy that was looking for young Joon and the other boy in the abandoned warehouse. I suppose the scarface guy can’t die until we figure out how he fits in with this sprawling mystery, though.

I also ache for Soo-wan and everything she’s endured. She’s clearly had a difficult life, making choices that might not have been the easiest for her to live with, but it got her where she wanted to go. At least until now. I’m really rooting for her to be able to reclaim her life, but I’m also concerned about what will happen to her now that she’s been captured by the missing-finger man. Why is everyone so desperate to kill anyone related to the teenage prostitution that happened twenty years ago? Even though logic tells me that a second-lead can’t die when we’re not even halfway through a show, I’m also fully aware that this show can do bizarre and amazing things when it comes to death.

In terms of the other second lead, I adored Man-soo and Ha-ram as Shrek and Fiona. The rules of dramaland make me assume that this will be a one-sided romance destined to fail because Ha-ram’s first love is all that matters, but honestly, they’re adorable together. I love how she sasses him around, clearly unimpressed at his so-called status as a CEO. I also love how he completely trusts her and believes in her ability to see Death. I’m not saying they’re a match made in heaven (or, uh, hell, or wherever it is that Reapers live), but I find their friendship and partnership a lot more believable than whatever the heck is going on between her and Black. I’m also hoping Leo somehow is the good guy she believes him to be (and not the jerk and cad he appears to everyone else). I just really want Ha-ram to have something good in her life, even if it’s only a celebrity crush.

It does seem apparent that the person Moo-gang was in such a huge rush to meet the day he died was Leo — or at least somehow connected to Leo. The clothes Moo-gang was wearing in Leo’s memory of overdosing were the same clothes Moo-gang wore when he was shot, and I’d bet that was a hotel bathroom. Of course, it doesn’t explain what’s in the envelope Moo-gang threw away, but then again what would this show be without adding another dozen mysteries each week? Probably less confusing, but where’s the fun in that?

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Wait since Moogang is wearing a black and white suit shouldn't Haram be able to see his shadow?

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Sorry meant Black

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I'm thinking that the Grim Reapers' theory about black clothing isn't actually what's disguising his true nature to Ha-ram.

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that theory that black came up with doesn't make sense, Ha ram has seen him without black clothing before

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He wears a black undershirt when he wears non-black clothing. So does Leo.

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Totally agree with you. So many details and clues I am getting a lot of the "fatigue" and losing interest in the main story-line. When that scar-faced man appeared and was apparently saved by Haram, I did not care that much. He has just made too many brief appearances too often, to hold any interest for me. I do hope the show could find some focus and keep engage audience attention. That said, that action scene at the end was good, though, and I always have to give it to the show for managing a great cliffhanger at the end of each episode. If only the rest of the episodes could keep up that pace and focus, it would have been such a great show. The idea is so good and refreshing, but the execution lacks discipline and focus.

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With only four episodes left, I'm curious how it will get pulled together. I had such high hopes for this sexy concept and it's been a shambolic affair.

I often wonder what the show would've been like if Lee El had been cast as Ha-ram instead of Go Ara.

Or, better yet, what if the doctor/ex-girlfriend had the gift to see death? That aching heart Black feels around Moo-gang's ex feels like a more compelling foundation for grim reaper/human love that a long-lost childhood love.

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4 episodes left...? this drama has 16 episodes total, and only 6 have aired. there are 10 episodes left still

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Argh-typo: the wiki page showed 10 broadcast dates. thx again.

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I think Wikipedia originally did include information about the drama having only 10 episodes but changed the information there recently to 16.

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16 episodes to the show, not 10. I agree, though, with you that Lee El match better with Black and that their story seems more compelling.

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I was fretting over the aching heart too! Original Moo-gang and Soo-wan should have their happy ending together T_T

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I agree that Soo Wan's and Moo Gang's story would have been more compelling. They seem to match better.

As for Lee El getting cast as Ha-Ram instead, I'm not really seeing it. I think Go Ara's doing a pretty good job as Ha-Ram so far and Lee El suits Soo Wan's character more.

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Indeed, Moo-gang and Soo-wang, two people scarred by whatever happened twenty years ago and finding solace and forgiveness with each other. A much better story.

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Ha-Ram’s first love is Joon, who she never recognized as Moo Gang when he was alive. She also hasn’t fully accepted Black as Joon since his character has changed so much. One body has had 3 entities. Ha-Ram loves Joon. Soo Wan loves Moo Gang. And nobody loves Black. Ha

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now i pity black. lol... though, i have this feeling that black is actually joon.

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Put aside the horror, aww... fiona and shrek are so cuteee... I ship her with man soo. Fighting 2nd lead!!!

I love how the story flows.. Black is not your typical hero. He is a grim reaper, he should be heartless. SSH potrayed it well.

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Though I've described Black as "shambolic," I absolutely love Black's coldness with glimmers of curiosity/interest about his human sidekick.

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While I'm not yet entirely aboard the second lead ship yet (or any ship for that matter), I agree that Ha-Ram and Man Soo are so cute and adorable together. I love their banters and bickerings. Theirs is the kind of friendship that would be a pretty solid foundation if it would eventually lead to something more. However, given that this is a kdrama, we know that the second lead will not get the girl.

Just a thought, in case I do end up aboard the second lead ship, it will be third time with Go Ara as the lead actress. First was Reply 1994, second was Hwarang, and now Black. Let's see where it goes if Man Soo woud be able to convince me to board his ship.

On another note, I do want Soo Wan and the real Moo Gang to have their happy ending. And Ha-Ram to end up with whomever will maker her happy (as long as she doesn't end up dead).

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Agree. This is my 2nd time i ship her with 2nd male lead. First is hwarang. But however, i am not really buying with the romance in this series. The plot itself make me feel intrigued.

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Have you watched Reply 1994? SLS is really strong with that one. Still haven't gotten my heartbreak for the 2nd lead. Still salty over Hwarang as well. Makes me somewhat think that there's something about Go Ara that just makes her shippable and have better chemistry with the 2nd male leads.

Agree, I'm not really vested in the romance aspect of this drama at the moment, what draws me in is the plot itself. I'm really looking forward to see how the threads will come together and how the mystery will unfold.

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For the reply series i watch 1988 first. I try to watch 1st episode reply 1994 but i can't get through it maybe because i have bad impression about go ara's acting in hwarang.

But i will consider to watch it because she is pretty good in black.

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When Clara told Soo Wan Joon's mother is in jail, I swear Clara said "Joon Hee" instead of Joonie, but I could be wrong....

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what does that mean? What is the difference?

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Joon-Hee is a Korean female name. I swear Clara said "Joon Hee's mother is in jail". But it also sounds like "Joonie's mother is in jail", which is another way to say Joon's name. If Clara is referring to Joon Hee, she's not talking about Kim Joon

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Nooo, somebody save Soo-wan! She's been through so much, please let her survive show T_T
Just like the show to leave confusing tidbits that will be explained later, hhh. Am wondering why the hat ahjussi is hanging out where Leo was and how did Ha-ram see future flash of him. Am a bit unclear, did she saw him shadowed..?
Black and Ha-ram together is amusing as always, was laughing so much on their "romance film shoot"; she was all blushing and he was all getting into tteokbokki ^^

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Haram told the scar-faced man to leave that spot or he would get crushed to death by that suicidal woman who was going to jump down the roof. But what purpose would that serve? Every time we get close to a man who is a crucial link in the crime (last time it was the local police chief and this time it is the scar-faced man), death looms close by and this man dies.

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we still don't know if it the man death happen now or not cause what saved the woman is Leo and that woman isn't on the view that haram saw.

That man can come to the same place again and meet his death there

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In ep 4 it was confirmed with the photo that scar face and the man with the spider tattoo are the same guy, so that means that Haram unintentionally saved her father's killer!

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Did she really save him? I am not sure - she warned him but I think he would have been killed by the falling writer who was however saved by the idol and not by our main lead thus the warning did not actually save the killer's life.

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For all we know, Scar Face could get runover while checking his phone at some random time in the future. ;-)

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Ha-ram and Man-soo make a much cuter pair than she does with either Black or Moo-gang, who evidently genuinely loved Soo-wan. This show is unique in various aspects, can't it do the almost impossible and not let there be a romantic relationship between Black and Ha-ram? I felt absolutely no spark between the two, even if Black was intrigued by Ha-ram's willingness to risk her own life to save others, I don't see how that has to lead to romantic feelings...
I actually really like Black as a character and would hate to see him turn into a different... er... person (?). It would be nice if he later develops empathy for others and maybe be a little kinder to the souls that he reap, but to actually go around saving people's lives? That would probably feel like watching a different show altogether lol.

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I love Ha Ram as a character except with this one thing. Every time she looks outraged that Moo-gang dated another girl she really annoys me. He made a pinky swear with her when they were, like, ten.
This show would work fine without this first love nonsense. They were friends when they were young, he moved away, she's always missed him. These things work without her going crazy because he dared to look at another woman in the 20 years they didn't see each other.

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Did anyone notice the fact that Haram tripped twice over the white stone twice even though it was painted white, maybe this was the writers way of showing she can't really see a pure desendent Grimm reaper like black himself, even black spared a second glance at the stone before leaving, meaning it was a hint to the most of us that maybe she might little color blind when it comes to white. I don't ship too much if mansoo and Haram but do ship the main lead. As for Soowan I feel her pain, but she's a lot deeper in this then the rest. Black is shady character, the first I'm seeing as such in a Kdrama and he surprises me each time, and as for mansoo what are you upto furnace? You should really just stick to feeding ur dog honestly don't die on us by playing with someone as cruel as your brother!!

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I think Black is going to remove the stone and it would serve as a way to show us Black's changing feelings.

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Thank you for your recap and comments, odilettante! You are so right about “detail retention fatigue” -- ROFLMAO! It's not only for this show, but all the others I'm currently live-watching. At times I find myself slipping my clutch over the insurance angle in MAD DOG. Oy vey!

I appreciate all your help in navigating the kinks and twists in the plot. ;-)

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Why did Moo-gang leave Leo on the verge of drug-overdose-death? For a man as kind-hearted and kind as Moo-gang, nothing short of extreme disgust and horror would have led him to walk away. Did he find something about Leo that was linked to the crime case 20 years ago? Leo is too young for that; maybe something about his family background?

This drug theme, is it related by any means to the drug on offer at the Halloween party to the nephew of Moo-soon? That nephew introduced a friend to Moo-soon as a person he knew from the Philippines, a piece of information he immediately tried to retrieve and refute. Quite suspicious. Also, when Haram went to see her Mom at the hospital, one of the other patients also mentioned having a son in the Philippines. Any link there?

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What I totally love about this drama is the way the characters are NOT all bad or good. Leo, despite being a jerk a lot of the time, DOES save that woman. MooGang is (was) not all puppy-sweet like he seemed. Our doctor is definitely a mix-up. Etc.

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In moo-gangs memory of the girl getting beaten there wasn't a little boy but when we saw it again in Blacks dream there was a little boy and why does Haram call him Joon but his name is Moo-gang? Could Joon have died as a kid and become 444? And Moo-gang is the little boy? It's odd when you rember something you don't see yourself in that memory you only see what's around you . So Moo-gangs memory of the girl might have been from the perspective of little Moo-gang that's why we only see Joon?

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I honestly think that little boy is Moo Gang. Joon and Moo Gang are definitely 2 different people. Ha Ram is just assuming they are the same people merely because of a bracelet. Most likely 444 is Joon, because why else would the writers spin the first love plot? It would make no sense if Ha Ram and Joon are each other's first loves, but then she falls in love with Moo Gang later? Kind of weird...

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WE'RE 6 EP IN BUT I STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON..
but I'll keep watching.

I feel like for every thread that finally makes sense, the writer reveals a new confusing detail. And thanks, recapper, for pointing out that moogang was wearing the same clothes when he met ODed Leo and when he died. Hmm, I was wondering about this but was too lazy to rewatch.

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Odiletante how come you are not commenting on black’s growing jealousy of haram and man-soo and his awareness of her not as a pesky human but an individual in her own right

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I agree he was really put out when she fan-girled over Leo and when she put her arm around shrek for a photo.
It's weird that I feel like I'm in the minority for liking the main characters chemistry together and shiping them.

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Haha are we really the minority? I ship Ha Ram and 444! They cute

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Not a minority but he's too much of an douche right now and she's too caught up in her childhood fantasy romance. If they grow up a little I'll see it

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That rice cakes romance scene...didn't expect that...LOL 😂😁

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I have many thought but idk if that matter cause I like how this show shape up the puzzle of the past with what happen now and what will happen in the future.

The main lead is almost "black" as us in term of the real plot but this show is definitely shaping all the ep to construct the 1st ep and make it makes sense.

For the romance, I don't think there is a romance in the show, yes haram has 1 sided love and the CEO too but it seems like none will succeed.

I see the chemistry between CEO and Haram, Haram and moogang and even moogang and moogang but it's not romantic, it's more of friendship and partnership that I can see build between them

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The young boy who is seen with Joon in flashbacks... Have we seen anyone other than Joon interact with him? The warehouse scene where scarface is trying to catch “them”, isn’t just Joon he sees?

Ive been entertaining the thought that the boy with Joon is some kind of ghost...maybe?

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Young Haram met that younger boy briefly when she went to Joon's house in Seoul before.

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The boy is Moo-gang, while Joon is very likely dead and the previous life of 444.

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I still have no idea who is who in this drama but I like it!

I hope Moo-Gang isn't Joon (because Moo-Gang was clearly in love with Soo-Wan). Moo-Gang is dead anyway and all that's left is his (gorgeous) body. I like the theory that Black is Joon, and that he might have lost his memories somehow. In Ha-ram's flashbacks we only see Joon but in Black/Moo-Gang's flashbacks we always see 2 boys, which leaves the door open to him being the other little kid instead of Joon. It's all speculations though...

I don't really like Go Ara's acting but I can deal with it. I also have an issue with her saving people's lives. That works well in WYWS but not in this case because we're talking about reapers and reapers should be cold and detached, as they are not meant to save lives. Life and death are not fair and that's just the way it is. I can understand Black trying to save Ha-Ram if he likes her but I don't want any other change in his personality because it wouldn't suit his character. I hope Ha-Ram will understand this as soon as she realizes she's working with a reaper.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this story develops!

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Actually... why is Moo gang's mum a doctor when based on flash back, I thought he showed that his mother was working along a sleazy bar / street or something?
And the change in name... it just baffled me and I wonder if I missed out anything or something.

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I like the story that it keeps on its genre mystery thriller.
I really like Go Ara's acting so much! she's a very talented actress and hardworking actress!! keep it up!!
Black fighting!!!

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I must say talented and hardworking actress

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she's doing very well in this. i think she's on her way to redemption after the mess that was hwarang.

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The scene with the suicidal screenwriter derives from an experience of "Black's" writer, Choi Ran. SBS fired her from "Queen of Ambition" and replaced her with the male writer of "Rooftop Prince," who had a lot of credits. The writers' association agreed that SBS's use of her script was plagiarism. The shot of Ha Ram in the elevator gives a brief glimpse of a partially blocked "tvN" sign, replacing SBS as the villain, probably because tvN is OCN's arch-rival.

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Maybe they are throwing too many details at us, but I still enjoy it a lot. And I'm also liking Black and Ha Ram pairing. The fact that he is a heartless grim reaper makes the story more original and I'm always curious to see what he will do next.
Btw, Go Ara was so pretty disguised as Fiona :)

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I find myself having a hard time relating to Go Ara's acting: it seems she has only two modes - tired and frantic, nothing in between.

And most of the times she opts for the frantic.

I had a problem with this in Hwarang, and seem to still do, here too. It's just overboard I think.

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But the script call for it?

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I can't explain the weird feelings of every week looking forward to the latest episode, but then left more confused and thought of dropping the series and yet couldn't.
And then also wanting to find out more and how all the mysteries will resolved and etc.

Aargh

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Try the writer's last work God's Gift and you would feel the same.

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Eh.. I was able to follow God's gift with no problem at all.
I was totally immersed in that show throughout although every episode seems to have new suspect. LOL

But this..... this just frustrates me and yet still pulls me in every week!
Black / Moo Gang is a messed up piece of paper. Can't see anything at all.

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I will wait for the next episode on Netflix. I will not cheat. I know a lot of people are lost and confused but i'm loving this.
I particularly like little things about the show. Like Man Soo telling Tiffany he only liked sexy girls. The she sees him with Ha Ram at the party and instantly realises Ha Ram must be the 'not sexy' girl and tries to set them up. I thought that was a lovely touch.

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Since nobody mentioned about the peanut butter .. I did a quick search and found it amusing! I haven’t watched the movie yet but I read that Brad Pitt’s character in Meet Joe Black was Death and there’s a scene where he absolutely loved the taste of peanut butter after tasting it for the very first time. So the show having Black wear Brad Pitt’s character’s signature look in a suit, Black holding AND liking the taste of peanut butter is the show teasing about Black’s similarity to Brad Pitt’s character, and it’s even mre amusing when you remember how Joseon or Hip Hop said that Black looks like Brad Pitt 😂

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What is leo's real name?

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