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Hwayugi: Episode 6

It’s time to put this magical love to the test, come hell or high water. Maybe I shouldn’t say that when hell is actually on the way to get them, but we have a little time before the apocalypse hits, and what we really care about right now is whether Monkey’s love is even a little bit true. Luckily for us, we’re not the only ones dying to know.

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

After slipping a drop of Sun-mi’s blood in Mawang’s wine just to make him suffer, Oh-gong watches in glee as Mawang’s bloodlust is awakened, making him writhe in agony. Oh-gong taunts him, knowing that the hunger is driving him crazy.

Mawang growls as he tries to control himself, but then he yanks off the orb ring he always wears, which wipes the smile off of Oh-gong’s face. Mawang sits back and asks if he really thought that a tiny little droplet of blood would undo a thousand years of self-restraint on the road to becoming an immortal, and Oh-gong deflates, his fun ruined.

Oh-gong says he wanted to make Mawang suffer as much as him, and declares that the real test begins now. He flips over a sandglass and tells Mawang to spend some time alone with Sun-mi, who’s just arrived at the house.

Her proximity makes Mawang’s eyes flash red again, and though he manages to hold it together long enough to greet her, soon the scent of her blood is overwhelming. His teeth morph into fangs and his nails turn into claws, and he faces away from Sun-mi to hide his monstrous form.

Sun-mi senses that something is wrong, but despite his desperate warning for her not to come close, she approaches anyway… Just as the sandglass runs empty, Mawang lets out a scream of pain, and the lights go out in the entire house.

Oh-gong has returned, of course, and Sun-mi is confused when he suddenly leads her out of the house. She notes with some disappointment that he seems happy about Mawang feeling ill, and she protests that it’s too cold to go anywhere with him.

Oh-gong doesn’t want to hear how cold she’s feeling, wanting to avoid having to give her his coat. But two can play at that game, and Sun-mi pulls out her best Puss in Boots impression, attacking Oh-gong’s heart with a bout of aegyo.

He clutches his heart and changes tack, and leads her through a portal in the elevator to a place called Sureumdong. They arrive in a greenhouse, which leads to his private liquor cellar. Oh-gong tells her that this is his house (LOL, so you really just took Mawang’s house for kicks?), and offers her a glass of liquor to warm her up.

To his dismay, Sun-mi picks the most expensive bottle on the table. He’s stingy with the pour, but she signals for a refill and he begrudgingly keeps filling her glass. She offers to drink up his whole collection, but he insists that he’s going to drink it all the second his punishment is over.

She asks what he’s being punished for, and Oh-gong says that a human needn’t know the affairs of immortals. He mentions that they tried burning him for 49 days, which did nothing, so they locked him in that house she freed him from. She remembers him telling her once that he was very bad, and asks how long he was a prisoner there. He says very casually that he stopped counting after 500 years, and Sun-mi’s eyes widen.

She notes that it must’ve been very lonely and difficult for him, and Oh-gong is surprised by her words. She offers to buy him even more expensive liquor when he can drink again, but he laughs at her and asks if she really thinks he’d have a reason to see her once his punishment is over.

He points out the irony of her sympathy and flashes the bracelet on his wrist: “You’re the one imprisoning me now.” He equates her to his mountain prison, and admits freely that he wishes she’d disappear.

He’s so direct that she’s taken aback, and she gets up to leave. He tells her coldly to just go back the way she came, but then he gets up to put his coat on her shoulders. She doesn’t want it, but he says that seeing her feel cold is more painful than the torture of being burned alive for 49 days straight. You are so confusingly hot and cold, Monkey!

He gives her the rest of the liquor she’d been drinking, which she refuses because it makes her uncomfortable when he’s nice to her. Oh-gong puts it in her hand anyway and points out that she ought to feel some discomfort when he’s suffering so much because of her, and adds that his love may protect her safety, but he has no intention of protecting her happiness too. Did… you just sort of threaten to make her love you so that she’ll suffer too?

Sun-mi agrees to take the liquor uncomfortably and drink it unhappily, and he sends her off with a smile, though it fades the moment he’s left alone.

Back at Mawang’s house, PK senses that something bad has happened when CEO Sa tells him that Sun-mi disappeared and left her things behind. CEO Sa, on the other hand, is more concerned with polishing the china.

PK notices Mawang’s empty ring on the table and remembers that it used to hold Sun-mi’s blood, and says to himself with a smirk that something fun must have happened.

At Lucifer Entertainment, Secretary Ma offers to bring Mawang another energy ball to restore his strength, and gasps when his voice comes out as a high-pitched squeak. He says weakly that he’ll be okay, but sends her to go get medicine that will counteract Sun-mi’s blood.

Secretary Ma heads to the General Store, but is disappointed when the peddler’s grandson (whose eyes flash red) tells her that his grandmother will be away for some time. He offers to get her what she needs if she pays him in cash under the table, and they head to the back of the store.

From the entryway, PK watches them curiously and wonders with a smile if Mawang is sick. What are you up to, Pig?

At Namsan Tower, a woman searches through the wall of lovers’ padlocks in tears. She finally finds the one she’s looking for, when suddenly a ghostly hand creeps up behind her with a pair of scissors and snips off locks of her hair, sending her screaming.

Oh-gong visits Frosty’s ice cream stand and tells him about Mawang almost eating Sun-mi, noting that she could’ve died if he’d brought a bigger sandglass, though he admits that he’d have saved her first because of the bracelet.

Frosty looks at the sandglass and offers to buy him some time—it’s just a little bit of time, but he suggests that Oh-gong could use Mawang to get rid of Sun-mi if he wants. Oh-gong contemplates it seriously, but for now just asks for strawberry ice cream to go.

Mawang, meanwhile, is a total mess at the office. He has the shakes like he’s going through drug withdrawal, though he thinks it’s worth the side effects to suppress the thirst.

He’s shaking so badly that it looks like he’s having a seizure, and Secretary Ma doesn’t help matters when she suggests that he just eat Sun-mi to feel better. But Mawang fights the shakes and insists that he’s well enough to work.

Sun-mi tells her employee Han-joo that she’s heading to the broadcast station later to see PK, and he likens it to playing a game of baseball with (Jang) Dong-gun or having a beer with (Jo) In-sung, impressed that she’s hobnobbing with celebrities.

He suggests that she call her bodyguard to drive her there, but when she says she doesn’t want to burden him, he mutters that they probably hired that useless guy for his looks, calling him a gigolo/swallow (the word is the same). A folder flies out of nowhere and whacks Han-joo upside the head, and from the ice cream stand, Oh-gong grumbles, “I’m a monkey, not a swallow!”

Mawang comes out of his audition program feeling good, having taken more medicine and sucked more energy from the live audience. He happily signs autographs and takes pictures with his fans, but mid-photo his hand starts to shake and his eyes flash red.

What he doesn’t know is that Sun-mi has just arrived at the station (called tbN, ha) to meet PK. Mawang begins to shake uncontrollably as she comes upon him in the hallway, and Sun-mi innocently chases after him when he hurries away.

Oh-gong watches all of this unfold and just turns over his sandglass without intervening.

Mawang races through the building trying to get some distance from Sun-mi, while she keeps chasing after him. He’s frantic and desperate to control his hunger and get away, but then suddenly he comes to a complete standstill, and the urge takes over—his eyes go red and he begins to walk like he’s in a trance.

Sun-mi closes in on him and Mawang waits around the corner, fangs at the ready to chomp down on her…

The sandglass empties, and on cue, the elevator doors open behind Mawang and Oh-gong knocks him out with a swift blow to the neck.

He falls like a statue, right into Oh-gong’s embrace. HA, the love ballad as he catches him in his arms is priceless.

The doors close on them just in time for Sun-mi to miss the bromantic display.

She goes to meet PK, who returns the things she left behind at Mawang’s house. When Sun-mi asks if Mawang is here today, PK says that he doesn’t know, and warns her knowingly to be careful. He doesn’t explain any further, though he obviously knows something.

PK seeks out Secretary Ma to confirm his suspicion that Mawang wants to eat Sun-mi, and she warns him to stay silent. He says that he fully supports the decision to eat the monk and offers his help, and asks for just one bite in return.

In Mawang’s office, Oh-gong finally cops to the fact that he did this to get revenge for the way Mawang teased him for being in love. You are so petty!

Mawang points out that if he doesn’t show restraint, Oh-gong will lose the person he loves and die of suffering. But Oh-gong corrects him—if Sun-mi dies, the bracelet loses its hold over him and he will no longer feel pain. Mawang thinks that’s moot when Oh-gong’s love prevents him from letting anything bad happen to Sun-mi, but that just makes Oh-gong think of Frosty’s offer again.

Oh-gong takes pity on Mawang when he sees how badly his hand is shaking from the medicine’s side effects, and pours him a glass of water… which Mawang promptly throws in Oh-gong’s face, blaming the side effects. HA.

Zombie girl Buja stops in front of a car, trying to remember anything else she can about the hit man she saw the other night and the car he got into. The car she’s looking at now happens to be Alice’s, the bratty celebrity she spooked recently, and Alice accuses her of scratching her car.

They end up in another tussle, during which Buja loses an eyeball, of all things. Alice picks it up and then watches in horror as Buja stuffs it back into her socket, and she faints on the spot. Alice’s acquaintance assumes she just passed out from drinking, and hands Buja a card, suggesting that she audition with her show because she’s pretty.

Sun-mi and Han-joo go to a flower shop that they’ve been hired to sell as soon as possible. The owner was depressed and in a hurry to sell it after the death of her boyfriend, but when they arrive, she’s changed her mind and seems downright chipper.

She says that she’s “cut away” those feelings about the past, and Han-joo notices that she’s cut her hair too. Only to Sun-mi’s eyes, there’s a glowing blue residue on the woman’s hair that indicates something supernatural. Sun-mi finds the ghost of the boyfriend in the corner and asks if he cut his girlfriend’s hair, but he shakes his head.

So Sun-mi heads to Namsan where the florist’s hair was cut off, and a granny pushes her to buy a padlock even though she says that she doesn’t have a boyfriend. From a distance, a creepy man stops to watch her and takes note of her long hair.

Frosty meets Oh-gong at a bar and vows to help him get rid of Sun-mi, but Oh-gong is in no hurry, and says that they can do it later. But Frosty says that it’ll be too late if Mawang detoxes, and suggests tonight because a cold snap is on the way and will ramp up his power.

Oh-gong is tellingly reluctant to jump at the opportunity, but Frosty insists that tonight is best because he can use the extra power of the cold snap to hold Oh-gong back while Mawang kills Sun-mi.

Hilariously, Oh-gong’s response is to look at his watch and suddenly remember that CEO Sa is cooking rice cakes for him tonight, and it’ll hurt his feelings if he doesn’t eat them while they’re hot. I love Frosty’s little knowing smile.

Frosty counters that it’ll still taste good cold, so then Oh-gong remembers that his weekend drama Your Golden Life is airing tonight, but Frosty says it’ll be rerun tomorrow. LOL, now you’re just messing with him.

Oh-gong mutters that you have to live-watch, and then he perks up when he hears Sun-mi calling his name. He pretends to be suuuuper disappointed that he can’t kill her tonight, and runs off before Frosty can argue.

Oh-gong takes issue with Sun-mi calling him to such a cold place, and when she apologizes, he clarifies that he doesn’t want her to be cold. When she mentions the cold snap, he thinks to himself, “I don’t want to send you away on such a cold night.” Then don’t!

He says that her clothes are especially pretty today, which she finds odd since they’re the same old clothes she always wears. He offers to buy her new clothes and take her out to dinner, which sounds an awful lot like he’s preparing to say goodbye…

She wonders why he’s being so nice to her all of a sudden, and he argues that he’s always treated her well. She says there’s a difference between being begrudgingly nice and sincerely nice, and says he was sincere when he took her out the night he was trying to convince her to give up on her life. Well that’s a sad statement. Oh-gong seems to find it sad too, and he seeks out food as a distraction.

He goes where all the people are lining up, confused to see them buying cotton candy, which he doesn’t know is a food. He pushes his way to the front of the line rudely, but when she says she wants to stand in line, he adorably gets in line just to please her.

He buys her the biggest cotton candy ever, and when she jokes that it could be a blanket, he offers to make her one as big as a cloud, literally. He lights up when he tastes cotton candy for the first time, and Sun-mi is pleased that he was able to experience something new because of the bracelet.

She’s especially happy when he says he likes the ball of cotton, noting that it’s the first time he’s said anything like that because of her. He’s usually expressing displeasure and wishing she’d disappear, and he says that’s still true.

Sun-mi wonders if the cotton candy will disappear when the bracelet and his feelings for her are gone someday: “No memory will remain of the sweet thing you liked, will it?”

Oh-gong answers, “Are you a dummy? Of course it remains. With or without the circlet, sweet is sweet and like is like.” He knows he’s being swoony right now, right?

Sun-mi runs to the bathroom to avoid the awkward moment, and Oh-gong gets annoyed at how happy he feels right now. He stuffs his face with cotton candy, swearing at it for being so sweet.

Sun-mi pauses in front of the padlocks and contemplates the one she bought earlier, and Oh-gong’s words that the sweet memories will last. She decides to hang the lock, and nearby a photographer captures her in the act. He offers politely to delete the photo if she’d prefer, but she says it’s okay.

Oh-gong actually does go home for CEO Sa’s rice cakes, and scoffs when PK says he’s there to help Buja train to go on an audition program. She thinks there’s a chance her family will see her on TV, but Oh-gong snaps at her not to bother finding family when she’s already a corpse.

This is clearly more about him, but it leaves Buja in tears. PK reassures her that he can keep her undead by feeding her energy balls, since he’s a top star with an endless supply of them. He even offers to kick Monkey’s butt once he becomes stronger (from eating the monk, which he doesn’t mention), and pets her on the head sweetly.

CEO Sa, meanwhile, is still fussing over that stained teacup, which PK can’t understand.

Mawang is no longer shaking, but a new side effect has presented itself: rosy cheeks, which he finds embarrassing enough to cancel his whole schedule over. He asks if Secretary Ma found a medicine to purify him of Sun-mi’s blood, and she says the peddler’s grandson is procuring it.

But privately, she takes out the medicine she’s already purchased. Thinking of the grandson’s warning that taking it could lead to death, she decides that it’s too dangerous for Mawang.

PK asks Patriarch what would happen if he were to eat Sun-mi, and Patriarch says he’d lose his promotion, Mawang couldn’t become an immortal, Oh-gong couldn’t return to heaven, and Buja would die.

Of all those, it’s Buja that concerns PK the most, and he grows thoughtful when he learns that her fate is tied to Sun-mi’s because it was her blood that reanimated her. Aw, do you like her?

Mawang tells Secretary Ma that his rosy cheeks have traveled down his body to his chest, ha. Her response is oddly stiff, even for her, and she promises to do whatever it takes so that he no longer suffers this way. Uh-oh…

PK catches her offering to meet Sun-mi down in the parking garage, and guesses right away that she’s going to kill Sun-mi.

Secretary Ma shows him the knife in her pocket and says she’s going to stab her and hold Oh-gong off long enough for Mawang to eat her.

PK peers in on Mawang, and you can see him weighing the pros and cons in his featherweight brain right then and there. Do the right thing, Pig!

Secretary Ma heads down with the knife behind her back, and upstairs, PK cautiously approaches Mawang…

Sun-mi walks right up to Secretary Ma without an ounce of suspicion, and Secretary Ma says she’s sorry and just plunges the knife right into her heart without hesitation.

Sun-mi’s eyes widen, but when she looks up, Oh-gong and Mawang are standing back to back, in between the two women. The knife is sticking out of Mawang’s chest, and Secretary Ma lets go in shock.

Oh-gong just says matter-of-factly, “That must hurt, Mawang. Hey Secretary Dog, if you do something like this one more time, you’re dead.” But what terrifies her more is when Mawang says he wouldn’t let her die by Oh-gong’s hand—he’d kill her himself.

Sun-mi undercuts the tension by asking the monsters in the room what just happened, and finally hears about Mawang’s bloodlust for her. The true blow is when Oh-gong admits that he slipped Mawang her blood, and she looks stricken as she asks, “Because you hoped I would disappear?”

He confirms it, and she runs away as her eyes fill with tears.

Upstairs, Mawang grabs his heart in pain, but still manages to delight in the fact that Oh-gong seemed to be suffering more than him, in a situation of his own making.

Secretary Ma asks Mawang to kill her, and he says that he will someday, but orders her never to be killed by someone else until then. “Don’t ever prepare to die without my permission again,” he says, and she bows in obedience.

Sun-mi cries alone in her car, remembering how Oh-gong told her repeatedly that he wanted her gone. But she gets mad when she thinks back to him saying that sweet is sweet and like is like, and calls him a liar.

She races back to Namsan Tower in tears and scours the padlocks for the one she put up, and the man who’d watched her buy the lock smiles to see her return. His eyes light up blue.

Sun-mi calls herself foolish for believing a liar, desperate to undo her padlock. But before she can find it, the haircutting demon wraps his hands around her hair. He says that she won’t feel a thing, and in fact, if she lets him take her hair, her painful feelings will disappear too.

It’s not a bad trade, and Sun-mi very seriously considers the offer and shuts her eyes, permitting him to take her hair. The demon eagerly takes his scissors to a lock of her hair, but as she thinks back to her moments with Oh-gong, she suddenly realizes that she doesn’t want her feelings to disappear.

She calls out for Oh-gong, who appears on command and puts down the demon in an instant. He tells her to cut her hair at a salon, adding dryly that any haircut would look pretty to him because he loves her.

She counters coldly that she doesn’t care, and that his only job is to protect her. So he answers just as brusquely that he will do as commanded.

Secretary Ma is angry with PK for blowing her whole plan, but he points out that he just saved her from being killed by Oh-gong. She wonders why he changed his mind about getting a bite of Sun-mi, and he doesn’t say, but he’s there just to pick Buja up after practice.

CEO Sa cooks up an enormous feast because he’s so happy about finally getting that stain out of the teacup, and PK is amazed that he didn’t throw it out. Buja says she called Sun-mi to join them because there was so much food, but she refused to come.

Mawang blames Oh-gong since she wouldn’t want to eat at the same table with a betrayer, while Oh-gong blames Mawang since she wouldn’t want to eat with a predator either.

We finally get the payoff for the whole teacup stain metaphor when CEO Sa tells them that stains are harder to get out the longer you leave them there, and advises Mawang and Oh-gong to deal with their problem now.

So Mawang calls Sun-mi to his office the next day to assure her that he’s fully detoxed now and won’t try to eat her, though she isn’t convinced that he won’t change his mind. He says that he needs to save somebody and needs Sun-mi for that purpose, so he won’t be killing her.

Secretary Ma gives a flat, robotic apology like she’s reading from a cue card, and Sun-mi is unimpressed. She figures that she’ll just have to take Mawang’s word for it that he’ll kill Secretary Ma if she tries anything again.

On her way out, Sun-mi walks by the photographer who’d taken a picture of her at Namsan, and he recognizes her instantly. They exchange pleasant smiles as they pass each other by.

Han-joo brings Sun-mi some ice cream, which makes her think that Oh-gong is here to see her. She deflates when Han-joo says he bought it himself, and swears up and down that she wasn’t waiting for Oh-gong.

Han-joo watches her go with a sigh and badmouths Oh-gong for playing with her feelings when all he ever did was buy her strawberry ice cream. Oh-gong magically pulls the chair out from behind Han-joo and grumbles that he did LOTS of nice things for her.

Frosty laments the lost opportunity to get rid of Sun-mi, and then in the same breath suggests that Oh-gong be sincere with her to get her to stop being mad at him. Oh-gong asks what sincerity is to a monster wearing a love bracelet.

But Frosty points out that Sun-mi has sincerity because she’s human, and asks Oh-gong to look into her heart to figure out why she’s mad.

The photographer turns out to be a producer who’s making a fantasy film about a girl and a large bull (a parody on Okja), and when Mawang asks about casting for the young girl, the producer has an exact image in mind, saying that it comes from a very vivid memory of his.

He shows Mawang sketches of a girl, who looks an awful lot like Sun-mi when she was a child. Mawang recognizes her and asks curiously what was so special about this girl, and the producer says she was his first love.

Sun-mi goes to get ice cream herself at Frosty’s, and denies having come for Oh-gong. Frosty knows that she’s mad at Oh-gong right now, but she says his feelings aren’t real anyway, so there’s nothing to be mad about.

Frosty offers to buy her some time, since tonight’s cold snap will mean that his powers will be at their strongest. He points to Oh-gong’s sandglass and says he could buy her just a little time and freeze the power of the bracelet, giving her the chance to know Oh-gong’s true heart. He asks what she’d want to know if given that short opportunity.

Oh-gong goes to Namsan and gazes at the padlock he saw Sun-mi put up, and he says to himself that the more you look into a human’s heart, the more difficult it is.

Snow begins to fall, and Oh-gong doesn’t realize it, but the bracelet freezes around his wrist, which is Frosty’s doing. Sun-mi arrives and remembers Frosty telling her that she would have just a few moments during the snowfall to find out what she really wants to know about Oh-gong’s true heart.

She says, “Sohn Oh-gong, what I want to know is, am I pretty right now?”

Bracelet still frozen, he answers, “Yes, you’re pretty… because I love you.” The last few grains fall through the sandglass, and the moment of truth comes to an end.

 
COMMENTS

Of all the questions, that’s the one she asked? I suppose he gave the perfect answer anyway, so it doesn’t matter, but I would’ve been so angry if he hadn’t added the love part of his own volition. It was a nice rare moment of sincerity from Monkey, even if it required a supernatural chill to squeeze it out of him. And Frosty’s cold snap had a nice progression throughout the episode to get us there, starting as a device for Oh-gong to get rid of Sun-mi, lingering as a possible threat if Oh-gong wanted to pull the trigger, and then the reversal when it’s Sun-mi who uses it to find out Oh-gong’s true feelings.

The episode as a whole had good buildups and reversals, from Frosty’s cold snap to PK’s possible betrayal to Mawang’s bloodlust. It probably helped that the demon of the day was so minor compared to our recurring characters’ storylines today, which I much prefer. I found Mawang’s story particularly entertaining, in making him the predator who not only ran away from his prey, but got stabbed to save her life. Drug detox and noble stabbing was not the progression I was expecting when he was given a taste of her irresistible blood, that’s for sure.

As for the romance, I thought the most telling thing was when Oh-gong blew up at Buja for wanting to form attachments to people when she’s going to die (again) and leave them. He’s clearly thinking of Sun-mi, as if he blames her for making him fall in love with her knowing she’ll die and rip his heart out. It’s somehow calculating and romantic at the same time, because he knows the score but can’t help himself from loving her anyway.

We know that he’s already been confused and in denial about his love being completely untrue, but I appreciated the short magical loophole that got him to say it out loud just once, while not under the influence of the bracelet. I mean, if you’re using rice cakes and weekend dramas as your excuse not to plan your enemy’s demise, it might be time to reevaluate whether you really want her dead. The problem with Oh-gong is that he has no middle, so he’s either wishing her dead or declaring his love, and I find them both equally convincing in the moment. It’s no wonder that Sun-mi feels like an emotional yo-yo, even on a good day.

The question is, will knowing that he loves her for real actually be a game-changer, or will he continue to deny it and keep trying to find ways to have her killed? Monkey is such a loose cannon that I honestly don’t know the answer to that question.

 
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Wow just nice to click in and see the latest recap!

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When Recap more faster than sub you tend to read recap first.. love it.. thanks..

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Lol I literally died when Oh Hae Young's OST came on in that elevator.

The truth comes out! I'm so glad the audience gets to see what Oh Gong's true heart lies (though we kinda already guessed he does have feelings for without the bracelet). I really hope he will know this is not the works of a mere bracelet...

Also, do I sense a loveline between PK and Buja??

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I was actually feeling a sibling-y relationship from them up until this episode and only through PK's reaction to the Patriarch it ever crossed my mind that they might be pushing a love line there. For which, honestly, I do not really feel the chemistry rn.

I think it would be hilarious if Oh Gong doesn't even realize he was under Frosty's bracelet freeze and have no idea that he confessed his honest feelings when everyone around him does. I am really loving Lee Seunggi in this role. He's perfect with his real fake love and the dilemmas attached to it.

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I feel like they're more like a young child (PK) and the family dog (Buja), since Buja is always trailing him and there always seems to be some new project involving Buja. They've definitely bonded and will protect each other, but I don't sense a romantic love.

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I really like the way you described their relationship. But I feel like the story is pushing a romantic one. I really hope not tho. I like their relationship as is.

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I read PK original character description in Journey to the West, and I found some interesting info goes like this

“In popular retellings, Zhu Bajie was sentenced to a thousand lives where each life would end in a love tragedy. ”

Zhu Bajie is PK name for Chinese version.

So Buja will dissapear from this world & PK love will end in tragedy.

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Re: "I think it would be hilarious if Oh Gong doesn't even realise he was under Frosty's bracelet freeze"

Dramatic irony at its best :)

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I was reading a theory that he started to develop feelings when she kissed him before the bracelet activated, because in those few seconds he looked completely bewildered by whatever it was that he was feeling, so some people are postulating that it was then that he started to develop his feeings... I kind of like that, which makes him admitting he does love her at this point somewhat plausible for me haha

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I agree too. It would seem weird if he just suddenly became in love with her only because he's under the influence of the bracelet and fake/real emotions are mixed up. So I believe his curiosity and interest for Sun Mi must have started prior the bracelet but after having it on, it just made that feeling stronger and turned it straight into love.

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I think thats why they showed so many dream-like interactions between them, and he stays up alllll night protecting her, and he pulls her pigtails like a little boy in a school playground, and then he also messed with her and her umbrella, but he fixed it! There was something there prior to the bracelet, thats for sure!

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I think he loved her before the kiss. He didn't initially eat her immediately because she was "someone he knows?" Really? Like that ever stopped him before. I think it started when she freed him as a little kid.

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Yeah it makes much more sense if Oh Gong already have a crush on her before the bracelet got activated.

This is The Greatest Love all over again! Hah!

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Hong Sisters working their own magic back into this story. I mean they already have both actors from their previous works in one show.

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Not to forget Lee Hong Ki! He was in You're Beautiful. Also really enjoyed Jang Geun Suk's cameo, I hope Hong Sisters bring back more of their previous worked actors/actresses.

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OMG how did I forget that. You're Beautiful was my jam back then.

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I think they might try a loveline but I felt more like a siblings vibe.

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I feel the same way. I picked up on the possible loveline last episode and they are cute and funny, but I also feel they bonded in a more siblingy way.

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Awesome recaps... I am huge fan of yoir writing...... I have been reading your recaps for last two years... They are helpful in understanding twisty parts of kdramas....

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*Ties O Gong down and blasts Florence and the Machines ‘make up your mind’ loudly into his ears.*

Come on Monkey just accept it. You lurveeeeee her.

Also can we please have more sweepingly bromantic moments?

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That was a stupid question to ask.... And the answer felt too much like instalove...

What i love about the show is the comedy of it all and lsg being cheeky and awesome... The romance is meh....

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OK BUT ARE WE SURE HE DIDN'T KNOW THE BRACELET FROZE?!
It's funny but also a bit creepy that he's listening in on Sun-mi's conversations, what's funny is the petty revenge he dishes out on Hong Joo lol.
That elevator scene though LOL. Poor Ma-Wang being so out of control like a rabid vampire in drug withdrawal. His colored cheeks were cute though. Also, the garage scene in which both Ma-Wang and Oh-Gong come to the rescue is double swoon, although it was all Oh-Gong's fault in the first place hahaha.
I love how Oh-Gong keeps finding excuses excuses to not get rid of Sun-mi. Mhmmm we're all buying your excuses.
Sun-Mi's first love is here? YESSS, let the jealousy begin!

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You brought up something interesting. If Oh Gong is listening in to Sun Mi's conversations, would he not also have listened in to her conversation with Frost? If so, then would he not have known that Frost would freeze the bracelet?

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It would be interesting if he did, and used that as an excuse to let her know his true feelings.

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@crazyahjummafan You know that did occur to me. That what if he knew his bracelet was frozen, but he still told the truth. Or maybe he lied. I hope they explain how he's able to listen in on her convos, or more specifically which convos.

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I think he lied. Frost had already told OhGong that he would win her over with his sincerity since she is a human. Maybe all this both of them planned it out to make her believe in OhGong again. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is one of the little games that the Monkey likes to play.

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Or used it as a way to test himself and see if he actually loved her?

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I just rewatched Ep.6 with subs and I was thinking, Frosty told Oh Gong to be sincere with Sun Mi and Oh Gong being smart, wouldn't he have pieced together the idea of letting Sun Mi know about the freezing of the bracelet (Frosty already mentioned this being possible to him earlier to get rid of Sun Mi), allowing Sun Mi to believe that he is being honest with her, therefore gaining her trust? I don't know whether that makes me happy or sad.

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My bet is he hears the conversation because of that adorable stuffed monkey :) In the original story, Oh Gong is able to pull out his hair and transform and send it out to do his bidding. That stuffed monkey might be something similar?

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I'm not sure if he's listening in on all of her conversations. I think it's more like Sun-mi said before, he knows if you insult him, he can somehow hear it. Every time he did something to poor Han-joo it was when he was badmouthing Oh-gong.
If he could hear Sun-mi's conversations he would knew that she's often meeting with Summer Fairy, but he was surprised when Frosty told him about it.

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@ladykrueger That's true that he seemed surprised. But then again this is Oh Gong lol. He might have some ulterior motives for what he did at the end.

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Sigh, that is true. You never know what to expect with him. But I hope that what he said was honest, and I feel that it was. And I want to think he was not aware of the Frosty's magic. I mean, if Frosty knew that Oh-gong could easily realize that something's off, would he suggest such a plan in the first place? I don't think so... But again, Monkey is more sly and perceptive than he seems, so we can't say for sure.

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I'm also not sure if he didn't know the bracelet froze. It's still early in the series, and it seems like pretending not to know that the bracelet was frozen and giving a false answer would not be not above a monster who would trick and abandon a scared child (while mockingly fanning himself with the fan she needed to give to Mawang).

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Logicly he would have known. Frosty told him about how his power intensify that time, and besides, the bracelet froze, and since Monkey is from volcano, wouldnt he have known if the bracelet he is wearing froze?

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Even if he didn't feel it, I think the big give away was how the snow just started and stopped, like the grains of sand in the timer. I mean, Monkey is in love but not dumb.

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I think he knows.

But that is exactly why it is interesting. Perhaps he wants to hurt SunMi for keep rejecting him? Or perhaps he wants SunMi to love him so that he can eat her when time comes, on the name of love (yikes! So low!)?

Or perhaps, just perhaps, he really loves her. I mean, look at him. Since the day they met as adults, he kept on hovering around her. I think he unknowingly think she is attractive, and the geumganggo just amplify that. Hence the searching look on his face, not that childish, autoresponse answer like before.

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I am the group that think he knows the bracelet froze and is trying to get Sun-mi to love him at this point. I kinda hope I am wrong, but I think it is still early enough in the drama that he could still being our favorite devious monkey.

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Even I feel he knows. And that is why he place his hand behind him probably so that sun mi doesn’t see it frozen.

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@dbeanie @jozie @bunny Exactly. I mean he's hot all the time I'm pretty sure he's gonna feel it if something on his wrist freezes up. And he's been too quiet this episode (besides tricking Ma-Wang).

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I kind of think he knows the bracelet is frozen, but won't be entirely shocked if there is some kind of twist to the whole deal revealed to us in the next episode.

If he does know the bracelet is frozen, I think he is using the opportunity to try to get Sun-mi to love him back. If we remember, she had told him to stop trying to make her love him because it causes her pain. And he has stopped making overt romantic gestures--sure he's flirty and cheeky, but in a way that isn't wooing, or (to get mushy) tender. This gives him a loophole to jump through and snag her.

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I just had another thought about this: What if he plotted with Frosty to set up this situation? Frosty told him Sun-mi needed sincerity to trust his love, which is impossible to trust when he says it while bound by the bracelet. So...freeze the bracelet, and answer her question while unbound.

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@egads @michinyooja that is very very true possibility. I mean Frosty somehow just happened to offer Sun-Mi the same thing he offered Oh-Gong? I hope there's an explanation to it otherwise I feel terrible on Sun-Mi's behalf, the poor thing's gonna be so disappointed.

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Frankly, I want this ding-dong I love you but I don't want to to end. It was fun a couple of eps ago, but it's becoming rather trying and my heart goes out to poor Sun Mi. I want something more sincere, and for them to realise that they are a team and start working together and falling helplessly in love with each other more and more. And of course lovey dovey swoony scenes.

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both the scenario’s are possible . frosty is so loyal to oh gong . his frist priority is oh gongs pain . so in order to help him out by not feeling the pain of sunmi’s hate , he could have plotted with oh gong to help him by asking sunmi to ask what she wants to know from him . without sunmi forthrighy admiting to it they have no way of knowing how she feels and what she’s mad about . another clue is oh gong just musing it’s hard and gets harder to know a humans heart .

but i hope he had no clue and his confession is sincere . sunmi has gone through enough alreay without loving a monster who don’t care about her at all

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Stop playing with sunmi's heart... she is so pitiful already huhuuu

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@crazyahjummafan and @cloudy28 , I feel you completely; but not sure if that works with, as someone else said somewhere ( not even sure if it was on this site ), I am not sure if that would work with the typical pacing of a Hong sisters drama considering this one will be 20 episodes. The hero will hopefully fall hard eventually. Probably not until the end of next week or the week after. Although I would be very happy if it happened now! ( Unlike what happened in the 2nd Hong Sister's drama that shall not be named in which the hero stayed a brat for waaaayyyy to long ).

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That's what I was wondering! It will ruin the whole "finding out the truth" part if he already the bracelet froze and gave a FAKE sincere reply to her question. 😯

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Speaking of, Vampire Prosecutor should make a cameo, as should Jang Nara.

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@alessar I really hope Yoo Jae Suk and Jang Nara make a cameo! (0r any other celebrities who wish to maintain their youthfulness/perfectness lol)

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i dont get that ending. someone explain please. how is monkey telling his true feelings? he is just conditioned to declaring his love. he said so because to him that is the only available response.

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Frosty had more power that night and could freeze the magic in the bracelet, so that it didn't affect Oh-Gong for a few moment. The answer that Sun-Mi got to her question did not come out automatically, because of the bracelet's influence, he spoke truly for the first time.

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I wonder if that's why she asked 'am i pretty?' rather than 'do you love me?' It was her way of getting monkey to give a genuine answer, rather than the conditioned response.

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Exactly. I had wondered about that too. But I guess it makes perfect sense, since Oh Gong once said that because of the bracelet, he couldnt help but loving her, so much, that she even looks pretty to him.

So i guess when you love someone, they look pretty (or prettier) to you. Surprisingly, this was also what my husband said many years ago. I thought it was the other way around!

So, Sun Mi asking Great Sage if she looks pretty is indeed her way of asking if he still loves her (despite the bracelet not working), because if she looks pretty to him, it means he still loves her, and that the feeling is genuine (well, unless he lied!)

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Thanks for the recap. This is out of topic. But what happened to the ratings reports and name that drama articles? Did they discontinue them? Used to love those.

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Oh my oh my! Finally we get some truth out of Oh Gong. He was been really hot and cold that its hard to gauge his sincerity. And him being him, makes it seem he is always up to mischief. So Sun Mi really needed to hear the truth from him to get their romance to move forward, imo.

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Thanks for the recap, girlfriday! 😊 appreciate your insights!

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Good subs for episode 5&6 are still not out so headed off here for my fix. Thanks @girlfriday !

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Why do i seem to enjoy the recaps more than the episodes? But Seunggi is such a perfect Monkey King

PK having somewhat romantic feelings for Buja,sort of came as a surprise for me if this loveline continue.I always believed that PK looks out for her as a sister.

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I also enjoy the recaps more, which is sad. Since I love seeing LSG on my screen once again so I don't have any choice but to watch it but I'm still not as impressed as everyone seems to be huhu

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Really? Other than the 2 hrs of JBL per week this is the only other drama that I really look forward to, so much so that I don't even mind the 1½ hrs eps.
Oh well, each one to their own :)

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it's not that i dont enjoy the show itself,it's just that i like getting the details i read from the recaps. maybe because 1/4 of the time i'm watching behind my hands,demons & ghosts aren't my favorite.or maybe jbl has consumed almost my entire week 😉

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Maybe I spoke too early because when I actually saw eps 5 and 6, I completely got on board with the show.

Episodes 3 and 4 were fun but I still think the story could be tighter, is all. But by eps 5&6, I don't even care about the tightness of the story because I started getting the NEED TO KNOW NOW feeling. Haha!

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I'm feeling the same about the recaps being more enjoyable than the actual show. I barely managed to sit through the first two episodes (90 mins is too much imho), then proceeded to read the recaps which are very well written and I feel like I'm not missing anything, apart from the cuteness that is LSG. I never found him particularly handsome in the past, but oh boy he's grown hot. LOL

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The drama picked up by episode 3, imo. In fact, I held on for the first two episodes for all the world building, so I can get to episode 3 because I read the recap and that's the start of the contractual involuntary love. Hahaha!

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I was kinda wary of the 90mins plus. But while I am watching an episode, I don't really feel that it was that long, same with Wise Prison Living.

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Yes, me too! I like all the actors a lot too, so it's not that. I think the directing/editing just isn't that strong? Reading the episode recap is fun because the writing and storybeats are good and jb/gf present them in a fun snappy way. Actually watching the episode, the story doesn't hit home as hard as it should because of clumsy presentation. And I don't mean the visual style or effects either, those are good... yeah, I think it must be the editing. The pacing and timing just doesn't quite work all the time.

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Actually, look at the recaps. I've noticed that even though JB and GF try hard not to make it show, Hwayugi jumps from scene to another scene, without smooth transitions? That's how I feel like with the show too. It suddenly changes tack and while of course I know it's a new scene, it feels like it just jumps from scene to scene and then threads everything later, in your mind.

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I think part of the reason (for me at least) is that the recaps are where I first see the story.
If the subs came sooner or the recaps were later, actually watching the show would be "Wow! That's neat!" instead of just like what I read.

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on one hand, if recaps are earlier than subbed episode, it means I know beforehand when ghosts/demons might appear so I wouldn't be THAT surprised anymore..I'm not that fond of scary stuff

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Could there be more to Buja? Could Buja be the key to a happy ending? If Oh-gong or Sun-mi needs to die to close hell's door, then Buja could too since she's created by both Oh-gong and Sun-mi?

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but why must zombies always suffer? Life...no, death is unfair.
I don´t mind Hells gates opening, it is already hell with the arctic melting. I´ll sell Buja, they can go to space or whatever.

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SAVE! fucking autocorrect what the heck! I won´t sell her, but save her. what kind of irrational correction... gaah.
#DontLikeThisComment

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I feel your pain. I hate having mistakes in my comments but here there isn't the edit option so I keep deleting posts and comments which still show up.

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I guess your ocd-number-weirdness is back! #likesurrogate

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That was the funniest autocorrect in a while. I was scratching my head while looking for the correlation. Selling Buja-going to space-Hell gate opening.Haha.

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I like your comments and this one

I won´t sell her, but save her.

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I don't know if she's key, but I'd like more of her. The actress is doing a really good job with the zombie impersonation.

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But will she even tell him that the bracelet was frozen when he said that? Or will we get an episode (or two) of watching him be oblivious to it, while she knows? Can't decide if I want him to know or not.....

Still, great episode! This show keeps getting better and better! Thanks for the recap!

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And could be the other way round? Sun-mi did not see the frozen bracelet so she does not actually know whether Son Oh-gong answered in time or not. Whereas Son Oh-gong might be aware of what was happening which is why he hid the bracelet by putting his hand behind his back?

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Good points. I'm not actively watching this, just following recaps and seeing some clips on YouTube, so I didn't know he hid his wrist. If he was aware that it was frozen, then was he telling the truth or was he lying? Hmmmm.

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At first, I thought he might be hiding his wrist as well but after thinking about it more I think he might have been genuine. If he really wanted to deceive her and make her trust him wouldn't he put his wrist in a way that she could see that it was frozen and therefore believe whatever he said next? At least to me, his emotions seemed real in that scene especially since he was thinking about the lock that she had put. I don't know haha I guess we will have to wait and see!

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In my opinion she will not tell him but warm up to him and finally be happy for a bit. She should be selfish and enjoy the moment until it lasts. She knows that without the bracelet of he would happen to smell her blood he would not be able to stop himself. Or would he?

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Well, how many years has he spent abstaining from alcohol (what appears to be his first love)? And how does he handle it? By surrounding himself with the best of the best of the stuff, and contenting himself with the aroma while everyone around him drinks.

As selfish and petty as he can be, he's also shown himself to be remarkably cunning and self-disciplined, if he cares enough to stir himself to be. *shrug*

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LOL Alcohol - first love :)

(Like, for every Korean office worker????)

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I’m just going to mention this because I don’t think it has been. You realize that the bottle of alcohol she drinks and he gives her is Louis XIII and it’s like $3000 USD, right? She sat there and drank about $200.00 worth in 2 minutes. If that’s not love...🥃 My husband and I noticed this bottle in the first episode (it’s very distinct) and have been wondering if we’d actually see anyone drink it. Our jaws literally dropped in unison when he poured it. It’s the most expensive Cognac you can buy in our town. So, I’m pretty sure he loves her—giving her his most expensive, most coveted possession—you can’t fake that! Lol!

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I think I've been so focused on Oh Gong (and distracted by my sudden attraction to Lee Seung Gi) that I haven't actually took time to say how I love the other characters. CEO Sa is indeed such a loyal and obedient brother to Oh Gong and I find it cute how he's just doing all these mundane things that everyone hates. I can sense they are pushing for something between PK and Buja, which I don't know whether to like or not since I thought Buja was just a side story and once her past is resolved, she would vanish. But I am willing to wait and see how the story unfolds. Cha Seung Won is doing amazingly as Ma Hwang. His character is pretty crazy but also has so much depth in it that he's just portraying all of them so well. Also every time I see Kim Sung Oh (aka Han Joo) I can't help but think of Coach-nim from FFMY. Hahaha... Secretary Ma is also enjoyable to watch, because she is so loyal to Ma Hwang and her solutions for things are all to protect/help him. Not that I agree with her trying to stab Sun Mi. Oh Yeon Seo is also playing Sun Mi so well with her facial expressions that I can't help but feel all her pain and longing. ARGH...now we have to wait a week for the next episodes.

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Lol I am also getting used to my sudden attraction to LSG.

I really do like all the other characters as well which is always nice so it doesn't feel like too much filler for me.

Ugh, every time the whole "disappearing" comments come up in conversation and Sun Mi's reaction crumples from whatever previously pleasant mood she was in just gets to me. :(

I cannot wait until Saturday, omg, I forgot this feeling of waiting for the next episode of a drama.

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Seriously, the army has made this puppy into a man for me. I enjoyed his previous dramas but never was I fangirling and getting distracted by his jawline.

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I know right! I have never been this attracted him either hehe. I find that this happens to a ton of actors before and after army. I wonder what will happen to some of my favorites that I found hot before lol

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A reversal hahaha...they turn into hot jerks. Just kidding. How much hotter can a hot person get? And how much hottness can a fangirl/fanboy tolerate before their heart explodes?

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Hahaha--this sounds like a few clinical trials that I want to be a part of: how much faster does a fan's heart beat pre and post army for her oppa? What proximity can she tolerate before she faints, screams, or utterly embarrasses herself hahaha

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I wouldn't mind doing a clinical test on that at all if it means we get to watch them on the screen all day long. And if as a reward, we actually get to meet them in person then I'm all in. The question is, do we get paid on top of that?

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@letseatcookies
I'm all for reward = meeting oppa face to face haha
Orrrrr:
I want to get paid in free premium subscriptions to all of the places where they air dramas!!

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Or get paid with product samples of their sponsors/commercials.

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Sunmi's loneliness breaks my heart. No one is truly interested in her well being. Everyone has some sort of agenda. Even the ones that don't (like Summer Fairy) are probably more loyal to SOG. The chatroom camaraderie is ultimately not a real friendship. They just happen to be colleagues working on the Buja Project. I guess Buja genuinely likes Sunmi, but she's developing more a connection with PK. Even if SOG truly loves Sunmi, he still doesn't want to love her. I don't like love triangles or pulling in a random character to make another character jealous, but I'm relieved that we got that producer guy. For all the lack of love that Sunmi has experienced since her grandmother's death, it seems like there was one person out there who thought about her all those years- someone onto whom she made a positive impression.

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also i have this doubt.. none of the beasts recognized grandmother to be evil superpower either (which is weird because they seem to recognize who are humans and who are not)

BUT if this means that a powerful evil can escape notice.. then this producer could be a demon too

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Grandma is evil, but is still very much a human. She's not possessed, so there's no evil spirit residing in her. They can see Akiko cos she's a spirit.
The difference between an evil person and a person possessed by an evil spirit is that the latter is not in control of themselves. They are controlled by the evil spirit possessing them. They are usually possessed because of a weakness or obsession. It can be a possession that they have allowed to happen, or it could be one that their actions and carnal desires have led to. The former, on the other hand, is very much in control of their own actions. Haha, they are so evil on their own, they don't need to be possessed.

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but if she is human.. she can't trap her soul like that.. and there is no third force that is making it happen.. so someone has to conjure this whole thing ..

unlike the great lady with the sword..she is dead..so her soul wandering around with the sword makes sense..

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and oh gong needs a wake up call that he can really loose her .

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I'm thinking about the producer more as a human person first and a love interest second. There really isn't any living human male or female who really cares about her and wants to approach her. I guess you can only half-count Han Joo, but Sunmi is his boss so the consideration he's shown Sunmi is more that of a good employee than a friend. And even he finds her unsettling and is planning to hightail it out of that office when he's financially able to.

If that producer is a demon too, like alasecond suggests, then I'm going to be really sad.

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I'm not going to lie. When he came on the screen I thought he was a demon. I wouldn't even be surprised.

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It would seriously break my heart if that producer--whatever he is (human or not)--doesn't genuinely like Sunmi. This episode continuously broke my heart when I realized that pretty much no one in the "gang" has any loyalty to her ((cries))

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@goldenaddiction and @letseatcookies.
Rewatching the episode, and I'm getting even angrier now about everyone not giving a damn about her and about them all wanting something from her. I know she needs them to fight off demons. But really, it's Mawang and SOG's fault in the first place for her ending up as SamJang.

I'm starting to wonder what would happen if she kills and eats them all. Can she become a super powerful god?

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@ar now that is something I want to see happen! Let the tables flip and Sam Jang be able to get their powers muahahaha!

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@goldenaddiction I like that idea but if she did, wouldn't it mean she did a bad deed and unleash hell onto the world? Well right now, I feel like that is going to happen anyway so SCREW IT. Sun Mi go destroy everyone.

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She is so kind, too. Look at how she deals with ghosts. And it's really sad that she has been dealing with this all of her life - everything just got worse when she released Oh Gong and got saddled with Sam Jang's fate.
Every time that monkey hurts her I want to beat him. There is a lot of attention on LSG for the monkey god portrayal, but I don't think anyone would care as much without Oh Yeon Soh's stoic loneliness and good humanity.

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At least she has a concerned and loyal employee. He's seen her acting weird, talking to air and walls and such, but keeps working for her.

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Not trying to take away Sun Mi's only real honest companion but isn't Han Joo only concerned and loyal to her because she is his boss? From what I've seen, he seems more worried about his job and has only shown interest when she started becoming affiliated with Lucifer Ent. I don't want to be a party pooper but....I think the only person who truly cared about her was her grandma.

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Finally! I’ve not been feeling the love line between Ohgong & Sunmi despite the compelling setup. I kept waiting to see more of Ohgong’s true feelings, eg when Sunmi told him not to make her like him or when he said he’d protect her. We see a lot of more his POV this episode which i love!

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Ohhh boy, are we getting bromance? LOL. I am loving this show, more and more. Glad to see the Hong sisters got their mojo back.

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Super thank you for the recap! Love these two!

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Has lee seungi gi always been this sexy?? Is it the hair? Is it the way he looks at sun mi? Is it the way he makes me melt with his angry/serious look? *Faints"

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This is me every time I watch an episode lol

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It is definitely the fur coat.

Haha

But then again, I think you were right about the way he looks at her. I just wish Sun Mi was more attractive (in time, perhaps?), since Oh Yeon Seo is actually very hot (my reference to this would be the time she was in "Come Back Ahjusshi" with Rain.)

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I agree with you about the fur coat!

I find Sun Mi's plain look endearing since it is a realistic outfit for a woman in her 30s and everyone, except for CEO Sa, is so over-the-top flamboyent. It actually makes her stand out more. Her Come Back Ahjusshi clothes are definitely more my taste.

Speaking of Rain, I wonder if Rain is also a monster too in this drama's world. We didn't get any name drops of famous celebs who are actually monsters this week.

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i agree--Sun Mi's plain look is very distinctive and masterfully hides Oh Yeon Soo's great/model figure. It puts the emphasis on her character and acting

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For me, it's Lee Seung Gi's sudden attractive jawline that makes me want to squeal the words "oppa" despite how much that makes me cringe.

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I don't know if I'm convinced that what Oh Gong said were his true feelings at the end or just a conditioned response that he's developed. I also wished Sun Mi had asked a different question, but he did add on that he loved her so I guess it worked out.

I cracked up when during the garage scene, Sun Mi just leaned over to look at Ma Secretary, Ma Wang, and Oh Gong to be like: "Uh excuse me, human here, did I almost just get stabbed?"

I am curious about this new producer guy character. I haven't watched Korean dramas in a while but I can't recall the last time I saw an actor's English being that good? Which was a nice surprise. I hope we get to see a jealous monkey king next week lol.

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I have just googled this, actually. Haha. I was curious as well. The actor who played as the producer is Michael K. Lee. He was born in Brooklyn, graduated from Stanford, and currently lives in Korea.

What intrigued me too, actually, is where was this producer guy in Sun Mi's life, if Sun Mi is his first love? All I know is that little Sun Mi was much bullied by the other kids and was awfully alone and lonely.

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Yes, the previews for the next episode younger Sun Mi helping out/protecting a young boy who I assume is the producer. I assumed he might have just visited or temporarily been at the same school as Sun Mi before moving. But I can't wait to see what will unfold next episode!

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before the preview came.. i legit thought he is the soul of the tree sunmi the child tried to be around as well (when other kids discarded the tree because she touched it... and ghost on the branch tried to pull her .. ep 2 i think)

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I really like your version. It is very romantic and beautiful. But then I cant explain the tree speaking in fluent english.

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Heh—With a North American accent!

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maybe it's an imported plant? Maybe it was a seed or a sapling from the US that got planted there?

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lol.. i didn't think that much.. i saw an old man.. and i thought.. yeah! tree :) .

plus yeah who knows what tree heard in all those years. .. maybe it could speak french, italian etc too :P

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In a land of monsters demons and God, it would make so much sense if the producer was a soul of the tree. But considering that he was talking about a love story of a girl and a bull, I would like to think he is a soul of a bull.

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@bunny—Good job finding his name. He's 15 years older than Oh Yeon-SeoI. If you're casting "childhood sweethearts", is it that hard finding a fluent English-speaking actor closer to OYS's age? I'll just pretend that he got more weathered growing up in NY and CA.

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Older actor makes much more sense if he is the tree spirit. Much older but doesn't look too old like Gandalf :D because he has to be appealing to be side by side with Sun Mi and spark some jealousy perhaps.

I think it was brilliant.

I like it that he seemed composed, polite, not too crazy like other spirits, draws well (I imagine a tree would be able to draw or take good pictures since they are very still), and he has long hair. Very believable as tree spirit -if that's the case.

Can't wait for next week!

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And he has a phenomenal singing voice. Broadway musical actor and all.

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he said he was from "dragon productions" maybe he is the great white dragon horse? from the chinese version of journey to the west. if i recall he was the son of the fragon king banished to earth for something trivial.Maybe as a child he was just arrived on earth and the other demons where pestering him so she helped him? i hope so, i hope his dad or he knows the great dragon that grants wishes :) immortality for all, even mahwangs wife and buja, happy endings all around! and a coocking housekeeping show on national television for ceo Sa :)

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Whenever Secretary Ma said, "Shall I kill them" I found it funny taking it literally but today when she put her actions into words it was really scary. I didn't expect her to do such a thing. "To eat the monk" talk it's comical but today I realized that they are serious about it.

But somehow my heart says that they will develop a bond and will not cook Sun-mi as dinner. By the way I am counting on you mischievous swoony 🐒

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Whenever Secretary Ma said 'shall I kill them', I know she is dead serious about it, and it is hilarious for me because the phrase sounds much like what a dog would say if the dog's owner is meeting a stranger/bad person (a dog would bark, growl) - and she is a dog.

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Never underestimate a 🐕 love. 😹 Whenever she told that I really laughed out loud but today what she did was bit scary. I felt bad for Sun-mi,

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And after Sunmi invited her to the group chat last week.

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So true though the monsters are funny and amusing, if we place ourselves in Sun-mi shoes it feels bad.......

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This highlights that dog's loyalty is to its owner. Although you give him sausage, its loyalty and devotion is to its owner.

But I think the threat was more egocentric. She wants a taste of Sam Jang's flesh, rather than "I would kill her for you, Dear Master".

It is scary for Sun Mi to be threathened that way, but we know that it is impossible, right? I mean, if the dog's owner is your friend (or someone who desperately needs you for his greater goal), you are unlikely to get bitten by his dog, however tasty you look like for the dog.

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Hmm your logic is perfect. But the weird thing is Secretary Ma, I see her as a person. I know she is a dog demon and her loyalty lies to Ma-wang.

But still I see her as a person, maybe the drama is doing that thing picturing monsters as humans. It makes me feel they are human with personality and conscience.(I don't know how to explain it, just can't find the right words to put it clear).

Maybe what dear monkey said is true, "Don't bother finding a family, you are really a corpse". It'$ who they are and there is nothing that's going to change it.

Oops I am taking it seriously 😂 in a different light......it's bcoz I really felt bad.
Aish it's so confusing 😅

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I really love her being really good to Ma Wang, takes good care of him the way she knows. For instance, when she really ponders about giving the strong antidote Ma Wang. This makes me care for her, whatever her identity is (dog? demon? human? tree? goddess?secretary?). I mean, even some humans dont do that, and dont have that level of loyalty and devotion. I just hope they all get along well with Sam Jang.

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I too really love her. It will be wonderful to have some like Ma.......it's just i felt a bit disappointed, that's all. Let's take this ride together to see how things fold out chingu😊

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It's funny (but not coincidence?) that the secretary who is loyal and faithful like a dog, IS a dog.

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Thank you for speedy recap, @girlfriday and @javabeans. I think we non korean speakers agree that having the recap helps us so much in understanding the dramas we love, especially when subs are coming out slower than usual.

Dear Subbers and Recappers, I jist want you to know that you are our hero.

And yes, reading the recap, I think this episode rocks! I feel giddy of happiness that Monkey is unknowingly proffessing his love (yaaayyy!!!) to Sun Mi. I cant want until the subs are out.

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