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Hwayugi: Episode 10

Our latest plot turn necessitates a change in relationships, and there’s a lot of sussing out, dancing around denial, and self-protective lies going on as people work out how they feel. It makes for an ever-shifting set of dynamics, and cracks start to form amidst all that shifting around. Thank goodness for that!

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

Sun-mi dreams that she and Oh-gong are back at that church, where she tells him that she heard a bell that made her think they might be a fated match: “But now I know it will never happen.”

She lies unconscious on the floor where her body dropped when the book demon took her soul. Slowly she comes to, and Mawang asks what happened.

Sun-mi explains how the book demon offered to take away her unhappy child self, and Mawang supposes that’s how she stole Sam-jang’s powers from her. Sun-mi’s startled to realize that she is now completely ordinary, and Mawang tells her that they’ll have no need to meet again.

To her face, Mawang congratulates Sun-mi on getting what she wanted, but to Secretary Ma he’s grim about what this means. Not only is Sun-mi no longer the monk, her contract with Oh-gong has been transferred to the demon.

Oh-gong discovers this as well, as he talks to the demon in her library lair. She tells him that she is the new master of the bracelet, and that his heart will now love her. Oh-gong mutters, “Dammit. I can’t hold back any longer.”

Mawang consults with Patriarch, speculating that the bracelet’s powers have been conferred to the book demon. Patriarch isn’t so sure, since they don’t know whether the bracelet was activated by Sam-jang the monk or Sun-mi the human. Mawang doesn’t think Sun-mi would have the ability to do that, but Patriarch says that only Oh-gong will know whom he loves.

We get the answer soon enough: Oh-gong looms over a frightened book demon and tells her she isn’t the bracelet’s master. Aha! He says if she were, she’d seem so beautiful in his eyes that he’d find it aggravating, but instead he feels irritated seeing her smile.

The demon warns that he won’t be able to destroy her because she still possesses that contract (to protect her). But Oh-gong scoffs that he’s a terrible guy who wouldn’t blink at breaking a measly contract (particularly since the bracelet doesn’t work with her).

She warns that he won’t be able to find the book containing Sun-mi’s soul: “If she doesn’t want it to happen, you’ll never find it.” Sun-mi asked the demon to take away her special ability—would she be happy if that were returned?

Oh-gong says she wouldn’t be, but he’s not here to find that book—why would he let go of this chance to break the contract? She’s shocked to hear it, but Oh-gong replies that he didn’t like her calling herself the bracelet’s new master, because that belongs to only one person.

He tells the demon he spared her life rather than killing her, and instructs her to hide that book well and not call for him. The book demon wonders shakily why she was able to gain the contract and powers from Sun-mi, but not her hold over the bracelet.

In the outer room of the library, Frosty finishes looking through the books and sees that none of the children’s souls are kept here. He asks the little girl ghost how she escaped her book, but without Oh-gong here, she won’t talk.

Politician Kang Dae-sung freaks out when Buja keels over in his arms, and takes her to a stairwell. He sweats bullets upon checking her pulse and finding that she’s dead. For a dude who barely acted guilty when he was, he sure is feeling awfully guilty when he isn’t.

He makes a call and gives his location, telling the person to hurry here. But when he turns around, Buja’s body is suddenly gone. Dun dun dun! All she’s left behind is one glove.

PK looks around the parking lot for Buja, while Dragon Prince Alice tags along and asks to join in on their evening plans. He rejects her flatly and starts to call Buja, only to hear her phone ringing nearby.

He finds her slumped next to his van, looking like death (er, more deathly than usual), and she tells him that something is wrong. Dragon Prince notes that she’s rotted more too, judging from the smell that’s returned.

Sun-mi returns to the real estate office, and Han-joo (who helped the boy escape) wonders how she knew to go to save him. He says that Sun-mi seems like a special person, but she answers that she won’t be anymore. Han-joo asks what her bodyguard was doing, since he wasn’t there to help her, and Sun-mi wonders the same. In the past he’d come even when she hadn’t called him, but now he’s nowhere to be seen.

She returns to her empty home, her newfound ordinary status weighing heavily on her mind. She calls Oh-gong’s name aloud, then again more loudly, looking around half-hopefully for Oh-gong to appear. But he doesn’t.

Mawang drops in on the book demon to propose an arrangement with the new owner of Sam-jang’s abilities, presenting her with a contract for Lucifer Entertainment.

Sun-mi goes to see Oh-gong at home, who greets her in an offhand manner, congratulating her on becoming ordinary. She asks if he truly won’t protect her anymore, and he says she won’t need it since she’s safe from demons now, then wishes her a nice, normal life. Agh, are you faking, Monkey? I don’t know if that’s sweet or aggravating.

Sun-mi presses, “Do you not love me anymore?” Oh-gong answers blandly, “Maybe? You don’t seem all that pretty to me.”

Hurt, Sun-mi says that’s good and that she’ll have no reason to see him anymore. Oh-gong keeps his back turned as she leaves, though his hand clenches tightly.

Mawang is dumbfounded to hear from the book demon that the bracelet’s hold did not transfer to her. Back at his house, Oh-gong struggles with the pain of Sun-mi leaving and even sheds a tear. He admits to CEO Sa that he almost broke at the last second and begged her to stay, but managed to hold firm.

CEO Sa encourages him to keep strong, because this is his chance to free himself of the contract. Oh-gong agrees, saying, “All I have to do is resist this love.” Famous last words.

CEO Sa doesn’t suppose Mawang will let Oh-gong out of his contract with him (to amass points), but Oh-gong says he’ll have to appeal to him with sincerity.

Oh-gong asks if Sun-mi asked about him, and is disappointed to hear she left straightaway: “She must really not love me at all.” CEO Sa starts to say more, but Oh-gong cuts him off, saying, “Don’t talk about her. If it hurts more, I won’t be able to hold back.”

So CEO Sa doesn’t tell him of the tears he saw her wiping away as she’d left, and agrees not to mention her again.

Mawang visits Sun-mi using the excuse they still have a contract in place, and fishes for information about Oh-gong and the state of his bracelet. She says the bracelet must have released its hold, and now that she has no powers, she won’t be able to continue the contract with Mawang.

Mawang doesn’t let go that easily, however, and says that she still has some responsibility to honor the contract. She could pay a breach penalty, or give up her lifespan. He suggests they think about how a human can compensate for the rest of the contract terms.

Sun-mi asks what happens to Oh-gong, and Mawang replies that because he still wears the bracelet, he’ll be in love with someone. She asks if that’s the demon, and Mawang just says vaguely that maybe it could be.

Secretary Ma asks why Mawang didn’t tell her the truth, and Mawang snaps that he was annoyed with Sun-mi for complicating things. Secretary Ma wonders who the master of the bracelet is, and Mawang figures they’ll have to suss it out.

Mawang visits Oh-gong in his wine cellar and notices that he’s got a suitcase out. Oh-gong says he’s thinking of going away because it’s too cold here, bummed that the suitcase is too small to fit his car, his bathtub, and his monkey statute. Ha.

Testing for a reaction, Mawang asks what he’ll do about Sam-jang and the bracelet now. Oh-gong says they both know that Sun-mi isn’t the monk anymore, and tries not to react when Mawang says that she’ll be able to date and marry now. Could he just stand by and watch that?

Oh-gong admits, “I wouldn’t be able to, because I love her.” Mawang leans forward excitedly and urges Oh-gong to return things to how they were, insisting they’d die without each other.

Oh-gong concedes that if he decided to, he could stay with her and see her every day: “But Mawang, I’ve truly become strange. I want her to live as she wants, ordinary and happy. Even if it hurts my heart.” He finds it unbelievable, and yet here he is, packing his bags to leave for her sake, even though the thought rips his heart to shreds.

“You really are in love,” Mawang says sympathetically, blinking back his own tears. Oh-gong invites him to go away with him, but Mawang declines, though he’s happy to accept a bottle of liquor from Oh-gong’s collection.

Frosty remains haunted by the thought of all those children trapped in books, and tells Patriarch how he was unable to free them. He was only able to take the girl ghost who escaped her book, who now sits nearby and won’t explain how she fled. He adds that the humans who abuse and neglect children seem worse than the demon who collected their souls, and Patriarch notes that it’s those humans’ vices that create demons like that.

Frosty asks what happens to Sun-mi and Oh-gong now, and Patriarch seems fed up with it all. He says that if she wants to stop being the monk, and he wants to stop being the protector, they should all just go their separate ways already.

Sun-mi takes out the black bell and smiles to remember when she heard it ringing, thinking Oh-gong was her fated match.

Oh-gong, meanwhile, broods over how Sun-mi wished she’d never met him or become the monk. That makes him reach for his suitcase, resolving to leave… but then he also recalls that she said she was grateful for his love and he jerks away from it.

Sun-mi puts her bell away and tells herself she’s just ordinary Sun-mi now.

PK feeds Buja multiple energy balls, but they have no effect and her body continues to decay. PK assures her that she won’t rot away and disappear, saying that she’s his sibling now and that he’ll find another way.

He’s warm and calm in the face of Buja’s worry, but he shows his fear to Secretary Ma when she catches him trying to steal more energy balls. It’s now that he hears of Sun-mi returning to normalcy, and how that means Buja will return to her pre-awakened state—that is to say, a corpse.

Moreover, if she rots for too long, she could turn into a demon. To prevent that, Secretary Ma states that they must burn her.

PK’s eyes glow red as he demands that Secretary Ma hand over more energy balls, threatening to ransack the building. Secretary Ma tells him there’s no way to prevent a zombie from decaying once Sam-jang’s powers are gone. She advises that Buja be left here so that Mawang can burn her up.

PK asks to be the one allowed to burn her, and Secretary Ma relents, though she warns him to take care of it quickly. But as PK leaves, his face hardens as he says, “This is all Sam-jang’s fault.”

Sun-mi and Han-joo arrive at a haunted building that has been unable to retain an owner for more than several months. It was so frightening that Sun-mi declined to check it out before, but today she’s here to test out “just how ordinary I am.” (Han-joo, freaking out: “What’s so ordinary about coming to a place like this?!”)

With her talisman umbrella out, Sun-mi steps inside, looking for signs of haunting. To her relief, she sees nothing, although she admits that the place does have a creepy vibe. She’s completely blind to the family of ghosts in the room who stare at her with malicious smiles, and tells Han-joo that they can stop seeking out haunted buildings from now on and be a regular real estate company. He’s thrilled to hear that, and happily follows Sun-mi out of the place, neither of them seeing the ghost they walk through.

Oh-gong’s moving plans continue, and CEO Sa completes packing his things. CEO Sa is surprised Mawang let Oh-gong go (from his point-amassing arrangement) without argument, but Oh-gong explains that Mawang is weak to love, and accepted his explanation that he was leaving for Sun-mi’s sake. CEO Sa supposes it’s because Mawang understands, having endured a thousand years for love’s sake.

Oh-gong says that Mawang’s tendency to assume that everyone is like him is a dangerous one, but CEO Sa counters that it’s just as dangerous to assume you’re different from everyone. He advises Oh-gong to make sure he packed everything, so that he won’t miss something important.

Mawang informs Sun-mi of Oh-gong’s plans to depart for a warmer country, and she’s dismayed to hear that he’ll be gone a good fifty years or so, even if Mawang calls that “a blink of the eye” for beings like them. Mawang is willing to void their contract since she has no powers now, if she tells him how she activated the bracelet; he wants to re-enable and continue using it on Oh-gong.

She asks if reactivating it would make Oh-gong fall in love with the demon lady, and Mawang says that’s the plan. She gets upset at the idea of the bracelet working exactly the same on someone else, but he says he doesn’t care as long as he can collect his points.

Sun-mi does care, however, and declines to illuminate him. She tells him to ask Oh-gong directly and stalks away.

Secretary Ma offers to torture Sun-mi for the answer, but Mawang advises her not to, saying that Oh-gong still loves Sun-mi. Mawang just wants to know how to get the bracelet active, and Secretary Ma offers to pump Summer Fairy for information.

Sun-mi returns to her office and finds Oh-gong waiting there for her. He says he left out a proper goodbye, and when she asks if he’s going far away, he asks rather hopefully if she means to ask him not to go. She says she won’t, and he notes the difference between her child self (who begged him not to leave her) and the adult version.

She tells him to make his goodbye to the bookseller demon and asks whether he’ll be doing with the new master of the bracelet what he did with her.

“You mean if I love her?” he asks. “Why, would you rather I didn’t? Are you clinging?” Say yessss. Do it.

But she dismisses him, saying she’s tired. He figures as much, considering she’s got a ghost clinging to her, and realizes from her reaction that she can’t see them anymore. He warns that evil ghosts will tire her out, and asks if she wants him to help. Gah, he’s so desperate to hear that she wants him to stay but she’s determined not to cave, so she tells him that normal people ignore what they can’t see, and she’ll do the same.

So finally, Oh-gong goes, grabbing his monkey doll on the way out. That’s when Han-joo enters with Jonathan, and Jonathan steps up to introduce himself, holding out a hand to Oh-gong. Oh-gong just sticks the monkey doll on his hand and waves it, glaring sullenly.

They push past him to join Sun-mi in her office, and Oh-gong ends up stationing little monkey Yook-gong in the window to spy. Ha!

As they chat and eat, Jonathan asks Sun-mi to see a musical together—and suddenly a coffee cup falls over. Sun-mi looks around the room, looking hopeful, and repeats Jonathan’s invitation to see the musical. Her cup spills over next, and out in the hallway, Oh-gong thanks the boy ghost who’d attached himself to Sun-mi.

Sun-mi hurriedly excuses herself, running outside in search of Oh-gong. He appears behind her, but looks disappointed when she says she came to say her goodbyes.

When she merely wishes him well and starts to walk away, he asks angrily, “After all I’ve done for you, all you have to say is ‘Thanks’? After all the pain my heart felt, it’s just ‘See you’? You don’t even try to hold on once, and just say goodbye?”

He asks if she’s okay with all that love he showered on her just ending, and she replies that it was fake, and that he’s glad that their contract is over. He flings that sentiment back at her, saying she must be happy to be ordinary now.

She says, “Yes, I am. Thanks to someone I became special and lived miserably, and now I feel peaceful and glad,” not looking at peace or glad at all.

Oh-gong congratulates her on becoming so insignificant that she’ll have no cause to call an almighty being like him, and tells her to be happy with other insignificant beings. Gah, why don’t you two stop and see that you’re saying exactly the opposite of what you mean! Oh-gong storms off, leaving her hurt.

PK goes to the General Store in search of a solution for Buja, and the owner’s grandson shows him a jar of preservatives to slow down her decay. But there’s no cure to stop the decaying entirely, and even the preservatives won’t be effective for long. The grandson makes an offhand comment about feeding her a live human, and in a flash PK is gone.

PK feeds a preservative pill to Buja, who knows she’ll turn into a demon if she decays much more and asks PK to burn her. He assures her that he’s found a way, then lies that he can’t even smell her decay that well (because Monkey beat him up so much) to make her feel better.

Then PK turns to the task of feeding Buja a live human, telling himself that it’s Sun-mi’s fault this happened, so this will be her responsibility. Aw, he’s so sweet(ly misguided).

While at a cafe with Jonathan, Sun-mi recognizes the boy walking in front of the window—it’s the boy she saved from the book demon, whose sister got taken. Jonathan sees her distraction and tells her she can go, but she says there’s nothing she can do.

He notices she doesn’t have her umbrella with her, which she used to carry around regardless of rain or shine. She says it wasn’t for the rain, and he remembers that she once used it to protect him. He couldn’t see anything, but understands that she pushed aside her fears to help him and says she was his hero.

Noting the boy outside, Jonathan says it seems the boy is feeling a rain that Jonathan can’t see.

So Jonathan steps aside so that Sun-mi can talk with the boy, who asks for her help in saying something to his sister. She disappoints him by saying that she doesn’t have those abilities anymore.

Frosty continues to stay up watching over the girl ghost, not wanting to go to sleep (and change his appearance) and leave the girl without a familiar face nearby. Aww, Frosty. He needs a drama of his own.

He asks Oh-gong to try talking to the girl while he steps out, and Oh-gong sing-songs his refusal in a child-like tone. But that gets the girl to look up and smile at him, and Frosty is encouraged (“Your level matches exactly”) and makes a quick exit.

Mawang visits the book demon to let her know how to activate the bracelet, then launches into his contract propos: First she’ll release all the captured children’s souls, then swear never to do that again. Then she can work under him amassing points, just as the Great Sage does.

But the book demon has no intention of letting the children go, firm in her belief that they’re happier in these fairy tales than in their miserable lives. Mawang points out that they can’t be reborn into new lives if their souls are trapped here, but she asks, “Why make them live another life in this hellish world? The children are happy there.”

That won’t do, and Mawang decides that he can’t work with this demon, who ought to be eliminated. He wishes he could return Sam-jang’s powers and have things back the way they were, and Secretary Ma adds that this would save Buja too.

This is the first he’s hearing of Buja, and although Secretary Ma assures him that PK is handling it, Mawang remarks that it could be dangerous.

PK waits for Sun-mi at her office, saying he’s here to take her to Buja. He drives them to the agency building and leads Sun-mi to the van, and Sun-mi doesn’t realize that inside, Buja has started to convulse and go red-eyed herself. Oh no, is she about to turn into a demon?

When he hears a screech of tires, PK realizes Mawang is on his way to stop them and urges Sun-mi inside the van. Mawang pulls up in front of the van, which begins to rock, and PK blocks his path, saying that Sun-mi is no longer the monk and thus not Mawang’s obligation to protect.

He insists that Buja has to eat a human to live, but Mawang growls that that just ensures that Buja will become a demon.

A scream sounds from the van, and the shaking stops. Mawang approaches cautiously and opens the door…

And finds Buja cradles in Sun-mi’s arms, back to her (non-evil) self. Buja apologizes to Sun-mi, who holds her comfortingly.

The relocate inside the agency, where Mawang fills Sun-mi in on the situation. She’s surprised to hear that the book demon has no intention of letting the children free, and also that Mawang has no intention of defeating her—he’s content to let Oh-gong protect the demon, whom he’ll use for points. Moreover, he found out how to activate the bracelet without Sun-mi’s help.

Sun-mi is appalled, but Mawang tells her she has no business interfering.

Oh-gong bonds with the ghost girl (over dinosaurs, of course), and then asks how she escaped from the book. She asks for something in return, and requests that he protect her brother. It makes him remember how Sun-mi asked for his protection once, and he explains how he abandoned that girl because he found her request annoying.

“I regret that,” he says. “This time, should I do a proper job of protecting?”

Mawang’s conversation with Sun-mi was, of course, designed to manipulate her into going to the book demon of her own accord—that’s the only way to recover her soul. The demon had revealed the simple answer: “If they want it themselves, the children can always exit.”

Sure enough, Sun-mi arrives at the library and says that she’s here to find herself. The demon tells her to go ahead.

When Oh-gong arrives at the library, he finds Sun-mi searching through books. She guesses that he came to help her and thanks him, admitting that she was sad at the thought that wouldn’t come to her anymore. “I’m happy you came,” she says. “Now you’re mine.”

She leans in to kiss him, but Oh-gong intervenes before she makes contact. He tells her he’s familiar with her tricks, and shoves her aside—it’s the book demon, disguised as Sun-mi.

She’s disappointed that her attempt to hypnotize him failed, since she wanted to try out the method Mawang tipped her off to.

Oh-gong asks where Sun-mi is, and the demon leads him to the table where she sleeps next to the book her soul is trapped in—Peter Pan.

The demon states that the souls aren’t trapped in the books. Oh-gong points out that she entranced the children to get them into the book, scoffing at her insistence that she was saving the kids from a hellish life.

But Oh-gong tells her that the escaped ghost asked him to protect her brother so that he would never get trapped here. “Saving them is protecting them so they can live,” he declares. “You’re just a monster who stole away their chance to live. And that girl was able to leave the book by realizing you’re a monster.”

The demon insists she’s not an evil monster, but Oh-gong says her biggest problem is not realizing that she is. The demon looks genuinely upset at this, and she screams, “I’m not a bad demon! I love the children!”

Poof. The demon vaporizes into a shower of sparks, and the shelved books begin to glow with the souls trapped within. The souls float into the air, then disappear.

Sun-mi remains sleeping at the table, and Oh-gong tells her, “Come back.”

In a dream, Adult Sun-mi comes upon Child Sun-mi in a classroom and asks the child to come with her: “That trickster fairy is very late, but came to protect us. So you won’t be afraid or alone anymore.” She holds out a hand, and her child self takes it.

Sun-mi wakes and sees Oh-gong sitting in front of her. “I came back because I wanted to,” she tells him. He apologizes, but she tells him it’s okay.

Han-joo checks in on the girl’s brother that night, finding him cold and hungry. The boy says that he wants to follow his sister to where she went, but Han-joo tells him that those thoughts would make his sister sad.

He wipes away the boy’s tears and promises to help him: “I can’t lie and say I’ll do everything for you like a mom and dad. But grown-ups are going to help you grow up bravely.”

The boy starts to cry, and as Han-joo comforts him, a little ball of light—his sister’s soul—floats nearby before dispersing.

Buja awakens to find her body back to its healthier state, and Mawang’s body receives a jolt at the return of Sam-jang’s blood to his system. “Sam-jang has returned!” he exults, while twitching uncontrollably.

Sun-mi offers to cut herself to see if she really is Sam-jang again, but Oh-gong tells her he’s tired from dealing with the book demon. Sun-mi asks if it’s really possible for the bracelet to change masters, and he asks, “Did you doubt that? Did you worry? Did you feel clingy?”

“A little,” she admits. “It made me feel bad.”

Oh-gong smiles to hear it, saying, “Of course you should have. It’s yours. Why act like it didn’t bother you, making me feel bad? You’re the one master of my bracelet, Jin Sun-mi.”

She smiles too, and says, “Yes, I’m the only one who can call you.”

He gets up to go, but Sun-mi grabs his arm and asks, “Don’t we have to reactivate the bracelet?” Pwahaha! Yes, reactivate away! “This time, it won’t be a disastrous omen,” she says. She musters up her nerve, and then plants a kiss on him.

He barely has time to react before it’s over, and Sun-mi says, “Activated.”

Oh-gong tells her that won’t do it, and moves in for a proper kiss. And this time, more bells ring.

COMMENTS

Aw, yay, and finally! I understood why both Oh-gong and Sun-mi pushed each other away today, but am relieved that it ended with a truthful admission, because I’ve been itching for some honesty for ages and it’s such sweet payoff to finally get it. And because it coincides with the loss of Sam-jang-ness, for once Sun-mi can have some certainty as to the sincerity of Oh-gong’s feelings. Today it was patently clear that his love was genuine, no matter how it initially got started, and I think by this point (after all this back-and-forth-ing) I needed that confirmation too.

More than the romantic acceptance, though, it was poignant to see Sun-mi get what she wanted before choosing to retake her special powers back. It’s not a perfectly poetic scenario where she didn’t realize she missed her powers until she lost them—in either case, the powers are a burden and a complication. They make Sun-mi’s life dark and lonely, and I don’t think the show is telling us she’s suddenly happy to be special. But I’m glad that she was given the choice to weigh the options and walk back into her fate.

Making it particularly meaningful is that while Oh-gong was the cause of her taking up Sam-jang’s fate both times, the circumstances are vastly different now. The first time she was tricked into it and rightfully felt betrayed when she learned that helping him is what gave her this unwanted life. This time, it felt like the idea that took her to the tipping point was Mawang’s cavalier attitude about Oh-gong being subjected to being a demon’s lackey. And I was super relieved that she admitted that it bothered her to think he’d love someone else, because Oh-gong has been studying her for the slightest sign, ready to cave the moment she sends the signal. I’ve been dying for that signal.

As a side story, I found PK’s devotion to Buja especially touching today; he just seems so sincere when he’s with her, and she’s got that wide-open, pure-eyed personality that makes their interactions really sweet. I know he keeps calling referring to her has a sibling where I want it to be romantic, but I suppose even if that dynamic didn’t shift, I would still find it gratifying to watch his protectiveness and devotion grow, given how normally he’s so reckless and devil-may-care. Surely there’ll be a way to give our Pig and Zombie a happy ending, no?

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This episode got me thinking about

1. Vampires Theory
We got the Harry Potter & Voldemort theory that relate to SOG & JSM. But then again, what could happen if Bella & Edward theory being apply to SOG & JSM. Which one you prefer
- JSM reincarnation
- JSM become demon
- SOG reincarnation as human
- SOG & JSM becomes god
- same like Goblin ending story
- SOG in heaven & JSM as human. When JSM died goes to heaven meet SOG
(I’m curios to all possibilities)

2. Kisses
Son Oh Gong ❤️ Jin Sun Mi hot steamy kisses (I’m dying of happiness & can’t stop smiling)

3. Samjang
Mawang blamed SOG because he is the reason JSM became Samjang but Mawang should realise that he also play a major part that cause JSM go into that prison house so not 100% SOG fault. Beside Mawang promise without contract to give his umbrella to JSM but he did not do that still do injustice to JSM if he ever realize that.

4. Ghost-seeing ability
JSM can see ghost before she become Samjang & she does have yellow umbrella as weapon but what exactly happen. The real story behind JSM ability can see ghost. It’s not normal that human can see ghosts. What happen that she got that ability. The real reason. (Unless everyone is gifted with this kind of ability, then I rest my case)

5. Yellow umbrella
Still wonder how come JSM possessed an umbrella. Since when she have it. Who gave it to her. (So much questions & mysteries involve JSM umbrella that yet not been answer)

6. Buja
Buja depends a lot on JSM, this episode just show the prove of it & that hurt PK heart. Now we knew that at the end someone will not have a happy ending. (Unless Buja reborn again just to have a love line wit PK)

7. Black Bell @ Death Bell
What will happens when Sun-mi learns the true purpose of the death bell. What will happen when SOG knew that JSM own that black bell. Wil JSM lie to SOG that she not hear the sound of the ring or will she tell SOG the truth. (Keep ringing & I hate it the most. Bad luck, misfortune or whatsoever. Heck.)

8. Red Bell @ Love Bell
"she heard that the Samshin Grandma connected a couple like that, and that a love bell was involved."
What happen if this is the story of SOG & JSM. I mean JSM previous life.

9. Geumganggo
Geumganggo was bought after JSM became Sam Jang. Ma Wang who bought it & gave it to JSM because of her being Samjang in order to control SOG but theoretically anybody could buy it, Sam Jang or not. So why should the new Sam Jang also become the owner? Basically who activate the Geumgango play a major part here. So that’s why a kiss is a must to change the new owner.

10. Contract
The contract JSM & SOG make when JSM was a kid don’t have an expiration date/time, but Geumganggo does have an expiration date which last until Samjang mission accomplish/fulfill. After Samjang mission accomplished, Geumganggo will remove from SOG. But JSM still can call SOG whenever she need it SOG help. Unless JSM decide to terminate it. If JSM...

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Great ideas and some excellent questions! In terms of number 1, I think MW will become a dirty and maybe grant SOG and JSM life together? I don’t want a sad goblin ending. That still upsets me a years later!

I don’t think SOG and JSM have loved each other before because he would temper? Although he has mentioned being betrayed so that’s a possibility!

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I don't thing they had love connection in previous life. Come on, SOG was so bad when he started to fall for JSM. He also had no empathy for Mawang, which says a lot too.

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Oh yes! Good point. It didn’t cross my mind that he had loved before until the above post. I do think that he was betrayed by the previous Sam Jang which is why he was in the marble house?

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I had similar thoughts as well. I'm definitely concerned about her ghost seeing ability that she had before meeting SOG and the black bell 🤔.

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I think her ghost seeing ability is tied to her samjang bloodline. It's because she's a descendant of that monk line that she could see ghosts. It's also what I think made her an ideal candidate for samjang. I think once they removed that childish part if her or her soul, it also removed everything that made her samjang including her ability to see ghosts. Other than that I don't see what other explanation we have. 🤔

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It was stated that she got the fate of Samjang because of SOG. Is she also his descendant?
I thought that her ability to see ghosts is something her grandma knew and that is how she got her umbrella. Maybe her bought her a charm. Or was she a shaman? But then her family woud react differently to Sun-mi too.

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I don’t think she is his descendant- he can’t stand kids! But she could be the pre ious sam jangs descendant who Oh Gong had to obey because of the circlet!

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Oh, I meant Samjang´s descendant, not Oh Gongs. Yikes, don´t even go there :)

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@allphryne let’s not go down that route hahahaha

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I think she is of the bloodline. I think its more that every century someone of the bloodline is picked as Samjang. This time it just so happened that her Samjang prophecy, that she has to save the world, was triggered by her releasing Oh-gong. She still retains the same ghost seeing ability as Samjang. The only difference is that now she has a responsibility to rid the world of evil.

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or.. gods knew she had to be samjang.. but had to contrive this whole situation (because that forest fire was weird to not be curbed by natural or supernatural means for mawang to seek iron's fan's fan) .. to get monkey into a position to be willing to protect samjang..

they need a strong protection for samjang.. no oridinary demon would do.. they needed the deity himself.. who better than oh gong..

patriarch made an offhand comment to store granny.. "do you think god would place samjang without proper protection"

they had to ensure her protection before giving her samjang fate..

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What could happen if JSM no longer being as Samjang. SOG as we know is a demon/heavenly being/fairies/god (I really don’t know he belong to which type). If SOG return to the heaven then he will erase JSM memory like what he used to do before. Then we will have a sad ending.

Anyway, can a demon married a human being?

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think some of you are confusing her role as Samjang and her ghost-seeing abilities. According to kdrama, some people are able to see ghosts because their ancestors are seers, fortune -tellers, etc. Others, because of some a particular phenomena they encountered. In Sun-mi's case, I think it's inherited from her Grandma.
Being given the title 'Samjang' however, is a different level. As Samjang, demons are literally attracted to her because by eating her, they gain power. So, her role is to attract them and for Oh Gong to get rid of them - the dynamic duo. She also has the role of 'saving' mankind when all hell literally breaks loose in the future. Of course, to be Samjang, she has to have the ability to see ghosts.
So technically, even she is no longer Samjang, she can still see supernatural beings. However, when the book ghost captured her soul, she changed Sun-mi's past... she no longer can see ghosts, so that she has a happier childhood. As such, she can no longer be samjang.

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Dear Ms. Terum, for me both point 7 and 8 are related.

The people we love the most sadly are usually the ones to hurt us the most too. So for me with love (red bell) comes suffering, agony and renaissance (black bell). So both bells are a metaphor for the channels that relationships opens among people and the quality (color of bell) of what is exchanged using those channels.

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Lovely analysis!!

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I think SM was just gifted like her grandma was and that is why she can see spirits. Also...the Hong sisters love people that have this ability. lol

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I guess its Sam Jang who betrayed him in previous life.. probably that will be her mission to accomplish and either of them have to punish each other or so to complete the mission.. But here i guess SOG will take the weight again this time again because of love??

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That KISS! Damn. Also is the military magical because LSG suddenly went from cutiepie to goddamn HOT.

I've realised that I no longer feel pity for Mawang and PIF ever since we came to know that she used to eat souls of the children. Sorry but she deserves the suffering. But on the bright side looks like she will be done with her punishment as soon as Mawang becomes a deity.

Will comment more after I read the recap.

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"Also is the military magical because LSG suddenly went from cutiepie to... HOT. "
Wondering the same, sister! I need to watch the eng sub of this asap. Waiting for it is turning my hair grey, so thanks for the fast recap JB!!!
Now i wish SM would stop wearing black or feeling sad. Please ! Heard she's more than capable of two expressions on her face during that show with Rain i think. I like it when she aegyo's her way to OG's heart haha. Let her smile wider, freer, and give her some color other than black, jebal?
More kisses please! Damn it Seunggi, when did he get to be this awesome? Will be back after i watch the one with subs.

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I think the military turned lee seung gi from boy to man. Dayum that last scene

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Oh yes! After a long and extensive discussion on my wall about Seungi's newfound hotness, I went back and checked. Even in King2Hearts where he looks and plays a similar character to Monkey King, something is still missing. Army duty has definitely made a man out of him. There's gravity, intensity, and a maturity in his gaze that was missing in his previous roles. *sigh* Its messing with my head

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“It’s messing with my head“

- welcome aboard dear. Lol

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and it carries over in his variety show.. something surely happened..

even joongi to an extent.. he was never hot for me.. he is still more of cute.. but little hot cute

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Now I have "I'll make a man out of youuuu!" in my head lol.

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You should watch “All the Butler @ Master in the house”

When he laugh I think I can reach nirvana. Cuteness overload.

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Heh I'm watching that already! Basically, I'm obsessed now. So anything he's in, I'm watching! :P

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Same here!!! I honestly did not notice him till this show but I have to agree military did him good. And it seems he really likes it too. I've been talking about him to my hubby too many times that my 3 yr old kid is randomly saying his name now LOL!

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when SH says no... YS goes .. then is it me ..rofl (him and uee)

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Hahahaha

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what happened with him and yoona???? sorry just his fan recently so am very lost.

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I've been inactive for awhile now but I just had to login to thank you for recommending that show (currently downloading it) and to vote on @silvermists' comments about the new discovery of Seunggi's hotness because man I feel the sameeee!! *goes to wipes her bleeding nose for the nth times*

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Welcome back @meliyasha! And welcome to the Seungi hotness appreciation club! We hand out towels specifically to combat frequent nose bleeds and also carry smelling salts in case our members faint from too much swooning! :P

Also, whoever thought of making Butler was a genius fan I'm sure! I hate that they don't have enough episodes. So to makeup for that I keep re-watching things over and over! :P

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Can you believe that I haven't even watched ep 9-10? I only came across that ending scene on IG on the day it was aired then that scene is the only thing that I saw when the subs came out and I was so close to faint *?*

Butler, yeah, I peeked eps 1 just now and Oppa's abs stared back at me from my screen AHAGDLADFASHAG byebye world.

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@meliyasha I usually watch the episodes live because I have no self control! That kiss was so good though! The number of times I've watched that scene is insane. I re-blogged it on my tumblr account so I can look at that scene whenever I miss Monkey.

Also, yay for starting Butler! I know right that ab shot should have been illegal! I just died when I saw him shirtless! *fans herself*

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idk, I always thought Lee Seung Gi is hot! Did you not see him in Gu Family Book?!

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I watched all of Lee Seungi's dramas. And while I found him charming and cute in a boyish way, I never saw him as a manly man till after his army duty. Its weird but he just looks more mature now and I find him much more attractive now that I did before

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Secretary Ma's earring choices are giving me life.

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Yes! She shares same taste in earrings as Sharon in Black Knight.

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it's a great relief that finally there's a confirmation after this long push and pull between SOG and JSM. thanks javabeans for the speedy recap

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Crying and laughing at the same time. Yes, that's what Hwayugi does to me.

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My heart is so full of joy! I’m so damn happy with this episode.

I loved everything, I loved how SOG gave her a chance to be normal even though it broke him (LSG knowwssss how to cry and make it hurt). I loved how he was jealous (it was the cutest), but provided the opportunity for her to ask him to stay which isn’t typical noble idiocy! I loved how they were more honest with each other but I really need them to talk without the bracelet.the kiss was everything! Finally some movement in a kissing scene!

MaWang comforting SOG is the greatest and they are finally becoming bros after so many centuries alll because of a human!

And PK and Bu Ja were about to break my heart. I love them so much. I wish PK would stop this dongsaeng bull! Also Bu Ja in SMs arms wwd too sweet for words!

And finally- frosty and the little girl was too sweet! And I love how he know SOG is an overgrown child and suited to talking to the little ghost girl.

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Girl don't even get me started on Seungi's perfect manly tears! Where Jim Sun-mi's tears did nothing for me, expect make me objectively sad. Seungi's single tear killed me! I died, came back to life, watched the scene again, and then died some more! His pain hurts me. I feel it on a visceral level , which just kudos to Seungi's acting ability. He sold me on his love.

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I feel like you are articulating my thoughts exactly! Like omg his tear. Why was that one single tear so damn hot? Am I sadist for loving it so much. I have not wanted to hold someone as badly I wanted to hold LSG in that scene since..... since ummmmm Jung Hwan in Reply 1988. And also the Goblin. But this tear hurt me on a Jung Hwan level. That is my ultimate heartache level I think.

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Will you be my friend? Your comment totally describe 100% what I felt when I watched that scenes. Lol

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Girls, I hope you are 15. If not, I like it even better 😊

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Omg let’s be friends. I’m so here for it’s

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@allphryne definitely not 15! Hahaha in my mid 20s but my drama obsession began when I was a 18 so that makes it better i think? Hahah

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@allphryne
I'm wayyyy over 15, and loving Seunggi. So are my friends!

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Good, I will not feel silly being alone.

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@terumbukarang I'm in my mid 20s which I've never been more happier about. Since my Seungi obsession has started, I've suddenly realized he's older than me! I mean now I can legitimately call him oppa. How great is that? :P

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Omg yes! Please don't remind me of Jung Hwan. It still hurt when I think of that idiot. Likw why Jung Hwan??? Why must you suffer in silence and break my heart over and over? I must be a sadist too because now I feel like going back and watching Reply 1988 again. :(

As for Oh-gong. Sigh. I just want to hold him and tell him he's not as bad as he keeps telling people he is. And that he deserves happiness and love and to please stop breaking my heart with all of his sad faces. That tear was too damn perfect and I don't know if I'll be able to take it if he goes all out and actually cries! God save me!

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The above comment is for @mollyp I forgot to tag you!

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@silvermists that boy broke me again and again and again. Like it’s been 2 years and I can’t bring myself to watch the drama and I applaud you for doing this to yourself. You’re definitely a sadist a hahahah. I just watch fan vids and get super depressed and then watch flower boy ranting shop or cute scenes from SKKS or MGIAG or ICHYV to feel better. But I wish I could watch it again. I’m just too raw especially because hen I think of Goblin and get sadder. My poor heart

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Guys, why do you say all my thoughts not just about Lee Seung Gi, but now concerning Jung Hwan as well ~ my heart can’t take these feels

It’s been two years and I’m still not over Reply 1988, please please please I hope Hwayugi has a satisfying ending!! 😫😫😫

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@mollyp I can't blame you for staying away. I watched 1988 live so I died a little every single week. I don't think anything will come close to that pain, so now when I watch it again it doesn't hurt as much. But still. Why Jung Hwan???

I'm weirdly optimistic for Hwayugi having a happy ending if only because the Hong Sisters record. They always love to up the stakes, more so in a supernatural drama. But end up giving them a happy ending somehow. So I'm hoping that's what will happen here as well. The alternative doesn't bear thinking of.

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@silvermists I also watched reply 1988 live! I was so oprtimistic too and was convinced he was the husband. It took a lot of convincing for me to watch the drama, because I hated reply 1994 (reply 1997 is my fave because it was the first and most original and also I really really relate to Shi Won, I was like her about the backstreet boys in the late 90s, but much younger, and then various alt bands when I was a teenager). Reply 1988 broke me completely and @hotcocoagirl yes it’s been 2 years and I’m not over it too. I think I posted on the 2 year anniversary I was so sad

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SOG if usually so selfish, so totally-in-your-space, and so loudly demanding. I was impressed he could do something so thoughtful and human as to give Sunmi a chance to be human. He wasn't thinking about Sunmi's immediate happiness, but her future.

SOG's assessment of Mawang and how he's weak to love totally explains all those times when he was actually nice to SOG. Mawang is such an ass sometimes, but when he's nice, he's really nice - like an older brother.

I'm glad Frosty had something to do besides serve ice cream in the dead of winter!

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Oh Gong said it. The longer you look into human heart the harder it gets.

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True and deep

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I think in this episode the roles between SOG and Jun-Mi of self-obsessed monkey and protector girl were really reversed. While SOG did an incredibly selfless act for the woman he loves, which is letting go (although he had no success), Jun-Mi was incredibly selfish. I mean, I was horrified at her selfishness: when she thought the Geumgango might be activated again with another woman, she was only jealous? Really??? Loving against your will is one of the worst things that could happen to SOG –really, he is literally a love slave in actions, thoughts and soul– and a source of a lot of pain for him. If she really loved him, she should have been glad he was free from that curse! But noooo, she was only thinking on having another woman at the reins. ¬¬

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I'm glad she exhibited jealousy because it's often the guy who gets to be jealous and we all go "how funny!" [exhibit: SOG having Son Yuk Gong spying on her pizza lunch and having that ghost make everyone spull their coffee].

She was jealous but she was going to let him go on a 50 year vacation to warmer climates. Then Mawang was like he isn't going to save the kids and that he's figured out the activation method so SOG be serving the evil bookseller. She was shaken. I read it as: if SOG was going to be free- that was one thing. But if he was going to be controlled, she'd rather make sure it was her rather than an evil spirit. Sunmi was already feeling helpless with the Buja situation and that little boy who sought her help because he thought she could see his dead sister. She tried to shame Mawang into helping the kids, but he was like "Mind your business. You're a nobody now". I guess her actual selfish act was pursuing a normal life without realizing how it could adversely affect other people. But I also believe she deserved and needed this experience to truly understand that her curse was a lifeboat to so many people.

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At the beginning of the episode, I felt like Ma-Wang was too heartless. Like really? Just because Sun-Mi didn't have the ability to collect points for you anymore you're gonna abandon her so easily?? I was so disappointed. And PK too. I mean it's only because of Sam-Jang that Buja was even able to be slightly alive and now that things aren't going your way you completely blame her?? To the point where you were willing to feed Sun-Mi to Buja?? I'm sorry but I didn't see it the same way Javabeans did, it irritated me a lot.

Also, Sun-Mi and Oh-gong JUST SAY WHAT YOU MEAN OMGGG. My heart was crying when they kept telling blatant lies with those pained expressions, stubborn idiots!
"You're the only master of my bracelet" GAHHHHH. Can we keep reactivating the bracelet, please?? :D I totally don't mind having to watch all the reactivation going on hahaha

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Re PK: love and fear make you do stupid things! He probably forgot all that and focussed on his rage! Bu Ja on the other hand remembers her connecting SM and didn’t hurt her.

And MW being cold was a way to support sun mi in being normal I think

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Yeah, I get where PK's coming from but I just thought they were all making actual connections with Sun-mi you know? Besides wanting to use her for being Sam-Jang after they got to know her on a personal level. I think I'm just really disappointed with PK. I really hope Buja tells him off properly after she regains her strength.
As for Ma-wang being cold, I do think he was trying to spare Sun-Mi pain, but again I was just disappointed in him for the same reason I was disappointed in PK.

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I mean they are immortals, it Amy be easier for them to shut off their emotions or hide them I think. ANd PKs priority was Bu Ja!

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I struggle with PK. I understood the emotion (Buja was falling apart and no one knew or cared except for him) and the impulse and I know the Pig in JttW was already greedy and dumb. BJ wouldn't even get to become a Zombie if it weren't for Sunmi in the first place. Luckily, BJ is better than all the monsters!

This confirms for me that monster+human relationships probably aren't destined because they have different value systems even it the monsters can pull off being human 90% of the time.

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Agree with your point on PK and Mawang. I get that their characters are written as selfish immortals who are totally focused only on themselves and their objectives. I get that PK being the hotheaded idiot that he is doesn't think things through before acting on them. I mean, imagine if Buja had eaten San-mi. She would have been devastated. Not to mention Oh-gong would have burned PK alive and then the rest of Lucifer entertainment and then the world! He relaly didn't think about any of that before deciding to take his anger out on San-jang. But while I get that, it still stings that they would so easily discard her.

I guess now her fears about Oh-gong make more sense to me? Because he was the same self-centered ass when we first met him. And for him to come so far and change so much while still being the same guy speaks volumes about his feelings for her. And yet, part of her is still scared that he might turn out to be the same as those two.

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I love your thought process and I couldn’t agree with it more! It makes total sense because that’s what PK did, he lived up to SMs worst fears. What is beautiful though is that SOG didnt!

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~Yes! Further proof that our Monkey is really in love with Sun-mi and has already changed so much for he better! He's learned to be considerate, and to sacrifice his own happiness for hers. And he never even took credit for it which just makes me love him so much more!

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Well said 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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It's true that, being in love with Sun-mi (either forcefully/willingly, we won't know that until the end of the series) he couldn't eat here. BUT once she lost her powers as Sam Jang, no monster had any reason to eat her, including SOG...

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If you put yourself in the perspective of an immortal (tough one) then it makes sense. If the immortal has been in existence for 5000 years and each generation is separated by 20 years on average, they would have seen 250 generations go by.

Consider yourself; if you counted all your cousins just from 5 generations (5th cousins) - i.e. from your common great-great-great-grandfather, how many do you have? Hundreds?
Thousands perhaps? What makes any one person special if going back 5 generations makes you just one of a thousand just from your great great great grandfather's perspective?

From an immortals perspective, concern over any single human life is like for a human to worry about a single bee. What made SM "special" was her relevance to them as Sam Jang - without it, she is just another bee. Humans may care about bees as a species but have no particular consideration about any single bee.

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I wonder if we see fall out for PK for what he tried to do to Sun-Mi. Oh-Gong reigning down justice PK? Scary!

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I would enjoy a few scare tactics on PK lol.

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How would Secretary Ma be able to get any info about the activation from Summer Fairy if Winter General has not been sleeping since he stayed by the girl ghost's side??!

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I think the winter went to sleep when he handed the girl ghost to Son Oh-gong

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Think OG has the greatest emotional growth in this episode, LOL way beyond the Yuk Gong tactics of the last episode. And though Winter God tells him to play with the little girl ghost since they are of the same level, his willingness to sacrifice for SM is eye-opening.

Looking forward to more development for the next episode.

Please let there be no sharp curves or backtracking!

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"Looking forward to more development for the next episode."
Yes please! Now that Oh Gong and Sunmi have told/shown each other their true feelings, can we please, please, please have cute couple moments?
I want to call a ban on sad Sunmi scenes and exasperating Oh Gong scenes! I want them to grow and learn how to love - they need to. One has been a selfish jerk all his thousands of years and the other has been shown so little love. They can do this while working together to rid the world of evil spirits, I don't mind. But I want lovey dovey scenes of hand-holding, hugs and more kisses! The hotter, the better! C'mon Seunggi, I know you can!
Even while writing this request, I know that heartache and pain is round the corner, but if a certain gumiho and human can resolve the issue of "one must die for the other to live", can't Monkey and Sunmi meet up with them and learn how to overcome it?

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Indeed. Even if it's a short sweet interlude, it has to be better than tragic story overhang.

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Actually, after looking at @terumbukarang 's comment, I realised that this episode raised quite a few questions which were ultimately left unanswered.

1. Sam Jang
Presumably a "fate" handed to SM as punishment for freeing OG. But isn't it separate from her abilities which SM had before she went into the house on MW's instructions and inadvertently freed OG? So why when the demon took away her powers via little SM did her Sam Jang status vanish? And by extension why did Buja faint because Sam Jang's blood is gone?

If little SM vanished into the book, shouldn't adult SM vanish too? after all, don't little SM and adult SM share the same soul???? The demon is a soul collector right?

So if we take this episode's development as a guideline:

SM's ghost seeing powers + her act of freeing OG = Sam Jang status (and Sam Jang blood)?

2. GGG
If GGG can only be exercised by Sam Jang, so bookseller demon is able to call OG, did that mean she was temporary Sam Jang?

If so, wouldn't OG's ability to beat said demon up mean GGG is malfunctioning?

3. Death bell

Didn't ring for most of the episode apart from the start (post marriage ceremony) and at the end after the kisses. So death bell belongs to Sam Jang and OG? Not SM and OG? And it didn't even make a peep when OG was beating up and threatening bookseller demon.

Sorry, I don't mean to ask dumb questions. And I like most of episode 10. It's just the curious fan in me that asks these inconvenient questions. http://thumbs.gfycat.com/TepidGroundedImperatorangel-max-1mb.gif
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My theory: There is triple play going on here:
1) Ghost seeing ability: Sunmi was born with it. That’s why she can see Mawang and Oh Gong pre-releasing Oh Gong from his mountain prison.
2) Oh Gong’s promise to protect her when she calls: also given at the time when she freed Oh Gong
3) Samjang ability: given to her as punishment for freeing Oh Gong. The ability of her lotus smelling blood attracting demons and bringing them immortality. And also her destiny to save the world and humanity from destruction wrought by evilness.
4) GGG ability to control Oh Gong: happens after bracelet is put onto Oh gong and activate with a kiss that entwins the golden threads of the bracelet to his heart.

So she gave her young soul to the book demon, but because she has lived till adulthood she is still alive. Whereas the other children don’t have any other lives to fall back on other than their own young lives. Which means they died (btw, the golden rope stories that carried the girl ghost away in real life lured her to the death – she fell off the veranda in her home and died, and her brother witnessed it. Same with the little boy at the playground who picked up the biscuit – he probably died too).

Sunmi’s Numbers 1 to 3 abilities are tied to her childhood so when she gave up her childhood to the demon, along went those abilities. So she can’t see ghosts anymore, calls Oh Gong and he doesn’t appear and doesn’t have her Samjang-ness. BUT, the GGG ability came from her adulthood, so she and Oh Gong were still connected by heart. And when she was sad that he didn’t hold on to her after she became ordinary, he felt sad too. Plus, GGG is activated through a (true love’s) kiss, which was what the book demon was trying to trick Oh Gong to.

Does that make senses?

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and to add on, I believe SM's grandmother also has the ability to see ghosts. That's why she was once able to grab SM back from the ghost in the tree. And probably her grandmother was also the one who gave her the umbrella sewed with talisman.

The above explanations cleared a lot of doubt for me. But I still don't understand about the GGG part. So now, what of the power of the GGG? It's gone? SM is not the owner anymore, correct? Or all the confessions will be for nothing.

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Seems GGG power comes from a heart connection (remember the graphics that first introduced us to the GGG power - it's like golden threads that encases the heart and pulls/tugs when activated). So in a way, u can think that Sunmi reactivated the GGG power through that kiss. Book demon never got to activate it cos' she never kissed Oh Gong.

And, for happy shippers out there - throughout ep 10, even without the GGG in Sunmi's control, Oh Gong was hurting that the 'ordinary' Sunmi doesn't want him around, and Sunmi was hurting thinking Oh Gong is more than happy to have her out of his life since GGG can't control him anymore and that he isn't gonna be there when she calls him. So it isn't GGG tugging at their hearts. and they both know :) so, confessions at the end of the episode all valid.

a titbit for those who don't know the original 'Journey to the West' story: the original, GGG isn't a bracelet but a crown that Sohn Oh Gong wears. And when Samjang chants a certain mantra, it tightens and gives Oh Gong a big headache, and that controls him when he gets out of line. The Hong sisters basically twisted it so that instead of a headache, our monkey gets heartache. I guess his heart now aches enough that, with or without the GGG, he will always ache for Sunmi.

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And yes, Karen, you are right - I think Sunmi could have inherited her 'third eye' (ability to see ghosts) through her grandma, and gotten that umbrella from her. I do know people who have that ability, but not sure if it's inherited?

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Or maybe you can activate geumganggo when the heart is "empty". But that is not true anymore. Since Oh Gong´s heart is already overflowing, you know.

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So GGG doesn’t have a owner now?

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Well, they kissed, didn´t they?

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Or it's non-transferable. Only one owner ;)

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Only one master, yup.

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So if JSM is still the owner all along, then SOG still loves her. But how do we know it’s not because of the GGG?

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He´s no longer angry about it?

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SM's grandma was already a ghost when the tree incident happened, but I also suspect that the grandma may be familiar with the supernatural given that she was able to raise SM without fear and even made sure she had the umbrella (which means she believes that the stuff SM sees are real)

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Thank you for explaining it!! That makes a lot of sense that the bookseller stole the childhood which just happened to encompass all of SM's powers (and I wish the writer could be a little clearer since we had to pick apart what happened to SM's powers and what happened to the GGG)

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so - if the connection with the adult sunmi was still there, and the adult sunmi is the one who activated the ggg, not the young "sam jang" sunmi, doesn't that mean that even with the young sunmi gone, oh gong was still missing her partly because of the ggg? therefroe the kiss at the end isn't 100% just the true feelings but the ggg was still in play?

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Possibly. And it fits the two steps forward, one step back that the plot has been doing so far.

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man. it was tolerable for the first 5 eps or so but i can't take another go around of the same thing. i don't get why everyone else is so excited about this episode but i wish i could be too lol

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My theory is when young Sun Mi is trap in the book, Sun Mi no longer Sam Jang and GGG lost its power. It transferred to the new master but not activated. Remember when Oh Gong first wear that GGG, he's not suddenly loves Sun Mi until Sun Mi kiss him.

So actually what Oh Gong feels during that time is sincere, he's truly love Sun Mi. That's why he's so broken (which broke me too T_T) when Sun Mi saying she doesn't need him anymore and 'easily' saying goodbye.

When Sun Mi back to Sam Jang actually the GGG doesn't need to be activated again because Oh Gong already loves her without it. But we all always need a kiss to seal it XD

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but that means that he would have loved the soul stealer woman if she had kissed him too. so it's still manipulated love right? i don't mean to be a downr i just really want it to make sense to me why this episode is different from the others lol

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GGG theoretical speaking that would be yes because Oh Gong also said about he almost deceived by the demon and activated the GGG.

At the first time Oh Gong loves Sun Mi because of GGG but then he did realize that his feeling become true. He always make excuse that GGG speaking not his heart.

If the demon activate the GGG maybe Oh Gong still loves Sun Mi because that's what in his heart and he will have dilemma between 2 women and we have another sequel of Hwayugi XD

This episode is to show that even though Oh Gong is not under GGG spell, he still loves Sun Mi. This makes the tear and heartache are more heart broken.

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parksooha, that is if you make the assumption that the activation of GGG was initially made with Sam Jang. But what if the deal with GGG was made with JSM, then the GGG actually never lost its power, because the adult JSM who activated the GGG, was never gone.

At the end of the episode, SOG told JSM that she was the sole owner of GGG, so I have to conclude the activation of GGG was made by JSM. If that's the case, then GGG never lost its power once. Which means all the confessions of SOG does not come from his own heart.

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That's true .. even patriarch not sure about it :D .. only Oh Gong knows the truth

Maybe we will see it in the upcoming episodes
Oh Gong never complaint about GGG and never to ask Sun Mi to take off the bracelet so we can assume he really loves Sun Mi. Even though under the spell of GGG I don't Oh Gong will want to kiss Sun Mi.

When Oh Gong saying Sun Mi is the only master of GGG, to me is like only Sun Mi who is the master of Oh Gong heart.

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"Which means all the confessions of SOG does not come from his own heart."
Not necessarily true. He could have said it sincerely; he just does not know it. He could think that it's the GGG that is making him say she's pretty and that he loves her, but he may know be aware that he's actually saying it from his heart.
There's a video which contains all the different times that Oh Gong has said I love you to Sunmi. It starts out angrily and reluctantly, but as the show progresses, you will see that his face and tone softens more and more whenever he tells Sunmi that he loves her.

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@koreanoona I guess this theory does make sense to my logic. I do think so. GGG is there to control OG not to produce love. I mean.. well it is, but the activation comes from their true feelings which I am sure is already there before.

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On the contract, i would like to think that both parties -SOG and SM have to be agreeable for the transfer to happen. In this case SOG did not agree so while book vendor can call him using child SM’s voice, SOG does not have to do her bidding.

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The GGG never lost it's power. Oh Gong just ignored it. Since she wasn't in danger, it was bearable. He put up with the pain to give her what her thought was her dream: to be ordinary. The GGG was tied to Sun Mi the human not Sam Jang.
What enabled the bookseller to call Oh Gong was the contract. Though I'm not wholly convinced it wasn't young SunMi in the book, that's what the voice sounded like to me.

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@Karen @koreanoona @allphryne @ar and all who have answered

Thanks for the clarification. Thing is I think the writers (OK, fans of Hong sisters please don't slam me) started getting caught up in their plot twists.

While I agree mostly with koreanoona's triple play, but there are some parts that still don't make sense.

A single person technically has one soul (unless you believe in the 三魂七魄 theory, even then, it's parts of a soul, not different souls), so when the younger SM got caught by the demon, technically adult SM would have gone the way of the kids who were caught.

Also, the GGG technically was not activated by the demon though there was the attempt near the end(she appears as SM and attempts to kiss OG) , so I could accept the fact that OG could ignore the demon and even beat her up.

In the original Journey to the West, Sun Wukong actually learns to withstand the pain of the original device and at one point, he leaves Sam Jang and his fellow disciples. He only returns after the intervention of the deities and as a sign of his sincerity, voluntarily puts on the device(a crown). And there were two Sam Jangs involved in that part of the text too. 😂

Thing is I doubt the demon even got anywhere near being Sam Jang, not even temporarily. If the demon had become Sam Jang, I doubt the Patriarch would have been half as calm as he was LOL

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I admit that I don´t get this plot myself. I will take the most plausible untill I figure it myself. Thank you for the Journey to the West reference, I do not know the original at all.

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“In the original Journey to the West, Sun Wukong actually learns to withstand the pain of the original device and at one point, he leaves Sam Jang and his fellow disciples. He only returns after the intervention of the deities and as a sign of his sincerity, voluntarily puts on the device(a crown). And there were two Sam Jangs involved in that part of the text too.”

Wow this information & I think it trigger something in me about

- Whether it’s sincerity @ love, at least we know that at the end without Geumganggo the possibilities SOG will help her, wil protect her, will always beside her, will not harm her are endless. (This will put my mind & feeling at ease)
- Two Samjang, sound interesting. The tasks that need to accomplish are unbearable then they create another Samjang sound really fascinating. (Hopefully not because JSM will die, then they come out with second Samjang, I will be in rage then)

Thanks for your info.

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Lol, I hope they don't follow the original too closely. Hope for a happy ending :)

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"In the original Journey to the West, Sun Wukong actually learns to withstand the pain of the original device and at one point, he leaves Sam Jang and his fellow disciples. He only returns after the intervention of the deities and as a sign of his sincerity, voluntarily puts on the device(a crown)."
Ok, does anyone else see the obvious plot-twist the Hong sisters are going to pull? I bet they will... (Unless we count that separation/ reunion of this episode as the equivalent, but I don't think so...)

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Javabeans...thank you for the super fast recap.

Somehow i was grinning from ear to ear watching this episode. Aaah that kiss... an acceptance between Sam Jang and Oh Gong about their fate

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I realised Javabeans did double duty this week - both Eps 9 and 10 were recapped by her! Thanks so much!

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Surely there’ll be a way to give our Pig and Zombie a happy ending, no?

Long shots, but:
1: If PK keeps trying to help Bu-ja, he might accumulate a lot of points without even knowing. Then he becomes a deity and can fix her. Be a nice upset if he beats Mawang.
2: Feed her more of Sun-mi's blood. Or feed her Sun-mi.
3: If Sun-mi fullfills her mission, she can become normal and maybe somehow magically transfer some of her specialness to Bu-ja.
4: Use the life force from the evil politician after he gets what he deserves.
5: Find the right fairy tale book.
6: Get Dragon Prince to do something (perhaps in return for letting her keep Alice's body).

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Fairy-tales won´t work anymore, since the demon went poof.
Right now the only thing Dragon Prince can do is wrap her in tentacles, lol. Let´s see.
As to evil politician - that would make her demon, the bad kind. Would Mawang tolerate it?
Sun-mi´s blood or presence (+energy orbs) seems to be the only solution for now.

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Thought that's been bugging me all day... If Sam-jang's blood can revive/zombify a fresh corpse, what about an old one? Really old. Think The Mummy.

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why ask? What, do you have one at home?

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Nope, but I could go to a museum and sprinkle some on a dinosaur skeleton.
LA county museum claims to have "the only trio of different aged T. rex specimens in the world." I could start a family :)

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Now we need Samjang of our own. I would prefer Brontosaurus, please.

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Lol

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Hahaha! Between the 2 zombies you lent to me and now this, I vote all future corpse related questions must now go through you for verification! :p

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didn´t know you were that kind of a person. I think we need to search your basement.

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Frosty is a total crush material. He was like a normal human daddy when a child is sick or something. what a contrast to horrible abusers. Can only fairies treat children well? Though I honestly was expecting to also see the Summer Fairy + girl ghost (playing a dress-up game or something)

I honestly don´t blame PK for doing that. How can they expect him to be able to burn Buja, even? But I also find it worrying how extremely attached he is and how he is willing to act very reckless. Nothing is guaranteed for Buja, so in bigger danger, what else is PK capable of arranging? I think he is a bit of a ticking bomb.

curious whether only Sun Mi hears the bell and Oh Gong doesn´t really know anything about it. I feel like perhaps he knows exactly what it is and that´s why he resisted THIS much, but in the end risked all.

I wish for more great scenes for Squid Girl (picking locks, maybe, with "tentacles"), or distracting demons.

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I love Frosty. He's so cool...pun intended!

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Oof. That scene where Sun Mi visits Oh Gong to confirm that he no longer has feelings for because of the bracelet was heart breaking. When she asks him if he loves her, he replied that she isn't pretty to him. He was so cavalier about saying "I love you (because of this bracelet)", but I felt like in that scene he couldn't even bare to say anything like "I don't love you." Then he immediately turns around so he doesn't have to look at her and lose his resolved. Ugh, my heart man.

That kiss though. Kdrama kisses are always a hit or miss for me but this one was perfect. Normally I'd be annoyed the kiss scene comes at the end of an episode, but I felt like it was right to act as the emotional pay off.

Also is Lee Seung Gi filming Hwayugi and his variety show at the same time? I've been watching Master in the House and in the first episode, I think he mentions he got like 2 hours of sleep. Hopefully he gets some rest in between.

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Also, I love that Sun Mi was the one who held Oh Gong's arm and kissed him at the end.

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This episode was amazingly written. That just shows how skilled Hong sisters are. Odd episodes are more of a filler but even episodes shine.

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Yes, Seunggi's filming both Master in the House and this drama, among other things. He used to film 1n2d along side Brilliant Legacy and MGIAG.

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Wow. O.O

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Seunggi's a great juggler. Back in his early 20s, he was attending University (reading Economics and International Trade, or something to that effect), doing varieties, cutting albums, acting in dramas, filming CFs, and also finding time to do volunteer work.
A jack of all trades and a master at all.
Sorry for boasting! I am as my name says.

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Some people’s minds are amazing. The more I learn about his, the more I think he may be a closet-genius.

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So is it the make up? No dark circles or signs of fatique anywhere. Or was he originally a monkey god?

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Sooo,I guess I figured out how this book demon thing works.
1. She doesn't intend to kill anybody,but merely take away the avatar/self of the "sad" period of their lives.
2. Sun-mi is an adult, and she had the option of choosing which "hood" was the most painful to her,namely childhood, and letting it go, thus only resulting in temporary unconsciousness. But the children didn't actually have such an option as they're still at the 1st hood of life (infanthood doesn't count) and letting it go means the complete removal of soul, not only a part of it.
3. Thus,apparently resulting in death.
4. Thus, death is only a side effect, if the "remove all the pain" option is chosen when your entire life had been painful.

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Maybe that demon just doesn´t care. The soul is happy, even though the child is dead. So she "eats" children and thinks she is a good girl. And that is why recognizing her self-deceipt destroyes her.

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I sort of felt sad that her realization made her destroy herself. The demon definitely had more of a conscience than the "humans" who abuse children. I didn't mention it in the last recap, but that boy's black eye from his father's beating was horrific. Usually when a kdrama storyline features an abused child, they put the bruises elsewhere...but the kid couldn't even open one of his eyes, it was so swollen and bruised.

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Interestingly it didn´t disgust me as much as usual. And it is not as if they used the theme lightly, because they did not. Maybe the fake happiness of the soul disturbed me more? Don´t know. But Hong Joo saved it with his reply.

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“After all I’ve done for you, all you have to say is ‘Thanks’? After all the pain my heart felt, it’s just ‘See you’? You don’t even try to hold on once, and just say goodbye?”>>>> this is showing how much SOG care and love Sun Mi.
The kiss and bell ringing is a paradox for me, should I happy or worry about anythings in the future?

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Yuhi... the kisssssss!looped! 😘
Happy ending for the couple please... Hong sisters are good at that right! Goblin final ep stil aches me...

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I agree with you about OYS to wear something else other than black.
I hope she would also have her hair down, she's prettier with he hair down.
Try watching Please Come Back Ahjussi. OYS slayed it. She deserved the award she got for it. I liked her the most in that drama, considering I have watched all her dramas since 2012.
She's also hilarious in the first few episodes of My Sassy Girl. Her facial expressions there were superb.

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I just wish she'd play the role just a wee bit more animated. Move those arms when talking, girl! Sigh, it is my big pet peeve, nobody ever talks and interacts with their arms just hanging down.

I like the understated outfits, did like her hair when she wore it open.

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Now that she knows Oh Gong loves her, I too hope her wardrobe changes. It's not just the dull colours. It's the style too. It's always the same and kinda fuddy duddy. She looked soooo good in the red dress she wore in an earlier ep.
I hope they dress her in a brighter, younger style, just to see Oh Gong's expression and reaction!

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