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Hwayugi: Episode 7

There’s something nicely intricate about the way today’s plots weave together—and also something satisfying about the way the primary motif plays off our main couple’s relationship in a fitting way, but opposite to the way we might expect. Because fairy tales are fun and all, but better with a twist.

 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

After his snowy encounter with Sun-mi at Namsan Tower, Oh-gong isn’t feeling too hot, blaming the weather for his droopy condition. Mawang is skeptical that a being like him could get sick, but Buja confirms that his symptoms (feeling feverish and scratchy) point to a cold.

Mawang enjoys the idea of Oh-gong feeling bad (though he’s disappointed that he’s not suffering worse), just as his eye twitches. Oh-gong thinks he’s being taunted, but turns out they’re another side effect of Mawang’s remedies (to counter tasting the monk’s blood). Oh-gong offers to join in the winking as an act of solidarity (ahem, mockery), and orders the others to do it too.

Mawang expects to feel better soon, because he’s invited a famous movie producer to the house (the longhaired man Sun-mi met at the tower, who revealed to Mawang that young Sun-mi was his first love). He’s anticipating Oh-gong’s jealous reaction to their romantic reunion.

Buja finally figures out how to wink, only to get an eyeball stuck. Oh-gong offers to smack her head so they can pop her eyes out and reinsert them, but Buja pouts that she hates her eyeballs falling out because it makes her seem like a zombie, and runs away.

At the bar, Summer Fairy asks Sun-mi about what happened while the bracelet’s powers were momentarily frozen by Frosty. Sun-mi was able to ask her question, but she’s as confused as ever about the response: Oh-gong said he loved her just as the snow stopped falling, and she doesn’t know whether his answer was real or driven by the bracelet. She thinks Oh-gong’s declaration sounded more serious than his usual cavalier tone, but when she demonstrates, Summer Fairy can’t tell the difference.

Summer Fairy adds that her brother couldn’t have frozen the bracelet, because as soon as he’d freeze something, she’d melt it, since they share the same body. Sun-mi’s dismayed to hear it, and Fairy advises that she befriend humans rather than monsters. Sun-mi sighs that there are no humans for her to befriend: “If there were, I would have liked people.”

“But does that mean you should like monsters?” Fairy asks. Flustered, Sun-mi insists she doesn’t, but Fairy advises her seriously to find a human to like. “If your heart keeps getting stolen by monsters, it puts you in danger,” Fairy adds.

Sun-mi returns home and repeats the warning to herself, only to have Oh-gong ask what she’s talking about. He’s brought her a thermos of CEO Sa’s porridge to ward off the chill, and when she tells him to convey her thanks, Oh-gong tells her to say so herself by talking into the thermos lid.

He mimes an old-fashioned telephone, so Sun-mi holds the lid to her ear and speaks into the container, thanking CEO Sa for the food. There’s no response, so Oh-gong holds the cup level with her face, suggesting she try video.

LOL, it’s only now that Sun-mi gets that he’s teasing, and it piques her temper. So when he blows magic into the lid and tells her it’ll work now, she just slams the lid down and takes out her phone instead. She says pointedly that as a human she should use human devices; it’s only that her association with him has confused her.

He clocks her mood and guesses that she’s angry because he wanted to kill her. (I mean, there are worse reasons.) She snaps that she isn’t angry—just foolish for being too friendly with the one who wants most to eat her.

Oh-gong replies, “But it’s become clear to me that I can’t let you disappear. Before that happened, my heart would shatter. So you won’t die. Not before I do.”

She asks if it’s because of the bracelet. He says yes, but assures her to trust him that she’s safe. Oh-gong tells her to stay warm and tells her to leave him a message with the thermos if she needs to tell him anything. She sniffs that she won’t believe him, but is disappointed when he vanishes a moment later. And despite herself, she holds up the thermos like a phone, hoping it’ll work.

Then she shakes aside the memory of him telling her she’s pretty, and tells herself not to believe any of his words anymore. Only to hear Oh-gong’s voice coming from the thermos: “Liar, you believe me.” He says that she believes things too readily, and she slams the lid down.

In a nearly empty library late at night, a student sits at a table alone. Over text, his friend warns that the library is supposedly haunted at night and advises him to leave. The student laughs it off, particularly when he sees a beautiful young woman smiling at him from a nearby table.

He texts that to his friend, only to be told that the ghost is purported to be beautiful… and also legless. The woman suddenly appears in the seat right in front of him, and when the student drops his phone in nervousness, he hazards a glance over to her chair. Sure enough, there are no legs poking down from her dress hem. Ack!

The student fumbles to text his friend, just as the ghost drops down to meet his eye. He screams.

CEO Sa shops at a fish market, and hears a disembodied mystical voice calling to him, which leads him to an octopus tank. The creature identifies itself as the second son of the Dragon King of the East Sea and asks for help escaping.

So CEO Sa buys the octopus and brings it to the Lucifer building, explaining to Mawang that the Dragon King’s troublemaking son has lost his powers and been turned into an octopus as punishment. He asks Mawang to take in the prince, since Mawang is acquainted with the Dragon King.

Mawang is annoyed at the idea of taking in yet another monster, and puts Patriarch in charge as he heads out to go golfing. Patriarch chases him out protesting, and neither sees the octopus emerging from its container.

Meanwhile, bratty star Alice complains about not getting an audition for an upcoming movie. Secretary Ma reminds her that Alice’s “dog-foot-acting” is to blame, but Alice insists on speaking to Mawang directly and threatens to storm his house if necessary. Secretary Ma tamps down the urge to kill her and agrees to speak to Mawang.

Inside the office, however, all she finds is an empty styrofoam container and a puddle of water. “The prince has escaped,” she sighs.

Alice primps inside a bathroom stall, and looks curiously at the octopus tentacle under the stall door. Then it slithers into the stall in a sudden rush (yikes!), and she starts screaming.

A short while later, Alice opens her eyes and smirks. Her body language is now tough and loose-limbed, and she kicks off her high heels.

Octopus-inhabited Alice strolls out and runs into Secretary Ma, who guesses immediately that the dragon prince is now in Alice’s body. This is a problem for Mawang, since Alice is a celebrity, and he urges the prince to return to the sea. Octoprince says he’ll return home after he finds what he’s looking for, and figures this body will do for the time being. Moreover, he’s unable to switch bodies immediately anyway.

Unfortunately, Alice has a commercial to shoot today, which leaves Mawang with little choice but to allow the possession. He assigns PK to accompany Octoprince Alice on her activities today, while he seeks out Sun-mi.

At the office, Han-joo confirms that Sun-mi isn’t dating her bodyguard, then asks if she’d be interested in being set up with his hoobae, who’s been pestering him for an introduction. Han-joo says he’s much better than Oh-gong, then nervously looks around, having been conditioned to expect pain anytime he badmouths him. Ha!

Sun-mi picks up her thermos like a telephone and orders Oh-gong not to mess around here anymore. Han-joo looks at her like she’s a crazy person, and backpedals on the blind date. Aw.

Spooked by Sun-mi’s behavior, Han-joo calls his wife to suggest quitting his job, just as Mawang steps in. Mawang explains needing Sun-mi to attend a special event for faraway royalty, just as his eye twitches. A puzzled Han-joo mistakes it for a wink and gives a confused wink back, then tells his wife that the CEO is being very friendly so he’ll stick out the job after all, for the sake of his daughter’s future career.

Mawang explains the situation to Sun-mi: Dragon Prince came here to find a mermaid who’d fallen in love with a human. The prince gave her medicine to make her grow legs, so now they need to find her and return her to the sea.

Sun-mi asks if it’s possible for a monster to love a human, and Mawang says yes, pointing to Oh-gong as an example. But she sighs that that’s a fake love driven by the bracelet, and Mawang tells her it’s good that she realizes that distinction, advising her to seek love from another human.

She says there isn’t anybody like that for her, and Mawang asks how she’d feel if there were—would she return that love? She answers yes, and asks him to introduce her to any humans who might like her. Mawang tells her to find the mermaid, offering to find her a human, and chuckles at the idea that somebody will be heartbroken if she were to date someone.

The story Oh-gong learns from CEO Sa has a different twist: Dragon Prince didn’t come here to save the mermaid, but to kill the human who betrayed her. The prince requested that a carved knife be given to the mermaid so she can drive it through the human’s heart; a mermaid who is unable to earn the love of a human cannot return to the sea. (The Hong sisters do love their Little Mermaid reinterpretations.)

Knowing that virtue-seeking Mawang wouldn’t help find the mermaid under these circumstances, Dragon Prince asked CEO Sa to pass along the knife. In exchange, he promised mermaid tears, which allow one to experience a false reality as though real. Oh-gong isn’t that tempted until CEO Sa suggests he can use it to experience drinking liquor, and suddenly Oh-gong is ready to go mermaid-seeking.

CEO Sa already has a lead, and intends to use Sun-mi as bait. Oh-gong is delighted at his thinking and pinches his cheeks happily, agreeing that the monk is the perfect bait.

Of course, Oh-gong doesn’t present this full grim truth to Sun-mi; he merely says he’ll help find the mermaid because having Sun-mi in danger puts his heart in danger. Their lead takes them to a college campus, where the mermaid’s unrequited love is.

Oh-gong slips when he mentions being bait, then covers up by pretending Mawang must have called her that and acting outraged on her behalf. Ha.

The mermaid’s human is a librarian, so they stake out the library and keep an eye on the man, guessing that the mermaid will be nearby. Sun-mi wonders sympathetically why the mermaid who left her world behind wasn’t able to earn the love of her human. Oh-gong says it must have been stolen by a human, indicating the woman who joins the librarian now.

Sun-mi supposes that watching the two humans in love must make the mermaid want to die of heartbreak. Oh-gong disagrees: “She’ll want to kill him.” Sun-mi wonders if she’d be able to kill someone she loves, and sighs that the mermaid shouldn’t have loved him to begin with.

Oh-gong asks if she finds the mermaid pitiable. She says yes, and he asks, “Then what about me?” He says he’s in the same situation, then excuses himself, saying that he isn’t one for book energy.

Mawang explains to Secretary Ma his plan to reunite the film producer (named Jonathan) with his first love (Sun-mi). He goes giddy imagining the pain it would bring Oh-gong to witness the two together, and acts out the moment.

Since it’s unlikely that Jonathan would recognize adult Sun-mi as the girl from childhood, Mawang intends to tip him off beforehand. Secretary Ma doesn’t think that plan is very romantic, preferring to take the “If it’s meant to be, it’ll happen” approach.

Mawang isn’t one to leave things to fate, not knowing that Secretary Ma recently talked with Jonathan. He’d asked for her help locating a woman he’d photographed recently, whom he saw in this building, and Secretary Ma had recognized Sun-mi.

Thanks to Secretary Ma’s tip, Jonathan ends up at Sun-mi’s office, although she’s not in. He intends to leave an envelope with a note and reaches for a pen, which is when he sees the framed photo on her desk of young Sun-mi and her grandmother.

Reading her nametag, Jonathan realizes that the woman from his photo is his childhood love and exclaims excitedly to Han-joo how incredible this is—although it’s all in English, and Han-joo has no idea what he’s going on about (“I English little!”). Jonathan declares it destiny and grabs Han-joo in a hug, and Han-joo goes with it.

At Alice’s CF shoot, PK gives Alice a quick rundown on how to comport herself, like being friendly to staffers and smiling on camera. Alice stumbles in her heels and grabs her chest as though rearranging her bosoms, and PK barks at her not to do that. Alice just grabs a boob and picks a wedgie, complaining about the discomforts of being in a woman’s body.

She fidgets in her short dress, and a strap suddenly comes undone, threatening to expose her. The lights go dark without warning, and PK swoops in to cover her with a blanket. She looks momentarily flustered at the romantic gesture, but he just tells her to take care with the body she’s inhabiting.

When Alice’s heart starts to thump, Dragon Prince wonders at the body’s reaction. Alice asks her stylist if “this woman” likes PK, and the stylist gasps, “Did you confess?” Ha, Dragon Prince’s reaction is all the horror you want it to be, and he swears at the thought of being stuck in the body of a woman who loves the Pig. Horrifying, but hilarious.

With deadly seriousness, Oh-gong discusses which liquor he will be “drinking” in his mermaid-tear-induced virtual reality experience with CEO Sa. But as soon as CEO Sa mentions the food he’ll prepare to go with the liquor, Oh-gong second-guesses his choice, not able to commit to one favorite.

As Oh-gong agonizes over liquors, Buja asks why he would use such a grand opportunity to drink. If it were her, she’d see someone she misses. Oh-gong reminds her that she doesn’t even know who that is, but Buja says that while she doesn’t remember who, she does know there is someone.

Oh-gong tells her that anyone she’d want to see wouldn’t want to see her, since she’s a zombie now. His words are harsh, and Buja glares with hurt eyes.

Oh-gong returns to his drinking dilemma and decides on a choice, but while he’s basking in the fantasy, Buja cuts in to suggest an alternate. LOL. I love how much she appears to enjoy throwing a spanner in the works.

Sun-mi stays at the library until she’s the only one there, and finally the ghostly legless mermaid makes her appearance, floating amidst the bookcases. Sun-mi senses her presence and heads to the bathroom to fill a bucket with water, since Mawang had told her that a mermaid would show her true form when splashed.

Sun-mi walks the hallways with that bucket, until finally she turns to see the mermaid floating behind her. She tosses the water on the mermaid, who flickers away—then reappears looking exactly the same as before. Why hasn’t she changed form? The mermaid resumes wandering the hallways, and Sun-mi follows.

On a different level, Oh-gong also waits for the mermaid to make a showing and senses her arrival. But when he turns to see her, his smile fades as he takes in her floating appearance. He seems startled.

Sun-mi arrives to see Oh-gong handing over the carved knife. The mermaid takes it and leaves, and Sun-mi asks him why she has no tail or legs. Oh-gong doesn’t know, but he figures he’s completed his task and heads out.

Sun-mi asks what happens now, and what he gave the mermaid. Oh-gong replies vaguely that it was a gift from her ocean friend, and that it’s up to the mermaid to make a choice and finish things. Sun-mi asks if the situation is dangerous, pointing out that they have to stop things if a human may end up hurt. Oh-gong asks flatly, “Why should I?” and declares that he’s done here.

As Sun-mi leaves the library, her phone regains connection and displays her missed calls. She calls Han-joo, who tells her that her childhood friend has been waiting for her before passing the phone to Jonathan.

Just as Jonathan takes the call, Sun-mi sees the librarian passing by, and she puts the pieces together. Realizing that the mermaid will try to kill him, Sun-mi hangs up the call and hurries back inside the library, where she sees the knife in the mermaid’s hand and the tears in her eyes.

Oh-gong tells Dragon Prince Alice that he conveyed the knife as requested, and asks for his reward. Mawang had believed their goal was to return the mermaid to the sea and is shocked to hear of the plan to kill a human. But Oh-gong says the mermaid won’t be able to kill him anyway, since she’s in no condition to return safely to the sea.

In a storeroom, the librarian unzips a large black bag… containing the body of our mermaid. Aha, so there’s our twist! There’s one for the librarian, too, who is stunned to see a tail instead of legs—he’d never known.

“The mermaid… is already dead,” Oh-gong tells Mawang.

The librarian bolts in fear, and comes face to face with Sun-mi, who accuses him of killing the mermaid. He laughs to hear she was a mermaid, saying that he merely thought she was stupid for being so compliant.

Sun-mi warns that the mermaid will punish the librarian—the idea of mermaids disappearing into bubbles is just a fairy tale made by humans. Sun-mi steps aside, and reveals the mermaid’s ghost behind her, clutching that knife.

Then the mermaid drives the knife forward, which stabs him through the heart.

Sun-mi tells him, “That is the thorn [fish bone] that will remain stuck in your heart for the rest of your life, bringing you agony.” The knife liquefies and seeps into his chest, and he falls down unconscious. He’s alive, but now doomed to pain forever.

Sun-mi tells the mermaid she’ll be able to return to the sea now. The mermaid melts into a puddle of water.

Patriarch assures Mawang that this incident won’t cause problems since the human wasn’t killed. Mawang grumbles that this was all Oh-gong’s fault, just because he wanted the mermaid tears. But Patriarch supposes that Oh-gong won’t be able to drink his liquor with full enjoyment because this will have made him recall “that time long ago.”

Mawang recalls that Oh-gong had also been used and betrayed by a human, and it was in the aftermath of that incident that he was punished to his mountain prison for hundreds of years.

Sun-mi walks into Summer Fairy’s bar that night and nearly turns around when she sees that Oh-gong is already there. But Fairy urges her to take a seat, so Sun-mi joins Oh-gong’s table and asks why he didn’t share the truth of the mermaid’s story with her. Did he think she’d stop the mermaid from revenge?

“Yes, because humans are selfish and untrustworthy,” Oh-gong says, which would be extremely rich coming from him if it weren’t also true. She mentions his earlier question of whether he and the mermaid are pitiable in the same way, and says that they aren’t: “You’re not pitiable in the least. Because I like being with you. Even if it’s fake, I’m thankful for your love, and I like it.”

Oh-gong says that the librarian probably said similar things at first. She agrees, and says she could change her mind too—but if she ends up betraying Oh-gong, he can stab her too. He says that he can’t let her die, so Sun-mi offers to take away the bracelet so that he can stab her without pain.

Oh-gong extends his arm to her, palm outstretched, wanting a contract like the one they’d made when she was a child. She demurs, saying that she meant they should avoid situations that would get them stabbed.

Oh-gong asks what kind of false-reality experience she would choose if she could, and she says she’d meet with someone she can’t: her grandmother. Sun-mi’s glass of whiskey arrives and she apologizes for drinking without him, but he assures her that he’ll be able to soon enough.

Jonathan waits for hours before finally giving up, though he’s more happy at finding her than disappointed at missing her today. He asks Han-joo if Sun-mi has a boyfriend, and Han-joo briefly thinks of Oh-gong (barking at him, “Get lost!”) before assuring him that she doesn’t.

Mawang tells Dragon Prince (Alice) that if he’d really come here to hurt a human, he wouldn’t have let him off the hook. He urges Dragon Prince to return to the sea, and Secretary Ma wheels in a fish tank so the octopus can exit the body.

Princey pouts that he can’t go back because his father would kill him; that knife was a treasure of the Dragon Palace, and he’s already used a mermaid tear. Secretary Ma offers to kill him, but Mawang resists because “He’s Dragon King’s son! And also has to film a CF.” For now, they’ll just leave Alice to PK’s watch.

Secretary Ma offers some good news to lift his spirits: Sun-mi’s romance with her human has already begun. Mawang is delighted to hear how it happened.

Oh-gong proudly shows off his vial containing the mermaid tears, while Buja shows him the Wheel of Liquor she made to help him choose what to drink. She spins the wheel while he throws a dart, selecting whiskey as his choice. Oh-gong exults at the selection and CEO Sa promises to start cooking up the best dishes to eat with whiskey.

That night, Sun-mi comes out to the living room and freezes in shock—because sitting on her couch is her grandmother. Oh, Monkey.

Sun-mi is suddenly a little girl again, and she folds herself into grandma’s embrace and cries that she missed her. Grandma rocks her back and forth as they hold each other tightly.

In his lair, Oh-gong sits before a giant spread of food… and a glass of water.

Sun-mi sleeps on the couch, dreaming happily and calling out to her grandmother. On the coffee table is the vial of mermaid tears, which fade away as they’re used up.

The next morning, Sun-mi looks especially happy as she arrives at work, and she explains having a realistic dream where she met her grandmother. Han-joo says it’s a good luck sign and tells her to buy a lottery ticket, then recalls that Sun-mi doesn’t really need buckets of money. Then he wonders, “Then is that man the lotto?”

He means Jonathan, of course, who browses the children’s section of a bookstore and helps a boy find a book.

Sun-mi looks at the photos that Jonathan left for her, and comes upon a hand-drawn sketch. It depicts a young Sun-mi crouching behind her umbrella with a boy, and he’s written, “Do you remember me?”

Sun-mi flashes back to the encounter: She and a boy had been huddled in the corner of a room, behind her yellow umbrella, and she’d shushed him when he tried to talk.

She smiles at the memory now, remembering him as the oppa who had liked her. Han-joo says he’d told Jonathan she didn’t have a boyfriend.

PK shows Buja the video of her dancing that he uploaded to his social media account, and because he’d liked it, it’s amassed a ton of likes and comments. Buja can’t read them, though, and admits that her body seems to be deteriorating.

PK offers to read them for her, and says it would be nice if there were replies from someone who knew her. Buja agrees, saying that she’d like to meet with them, whether it’s a family member or someone else.

In the hospital, a middle-aged woman lies asleep next to a framed photo with Buja and a flyer searching for her. The room is watched by the two hit men who killed Buja, who report over the phone that the dead girl’s only family is her mother, who collapsed while trying to locate her daughter. Thus, if Mom dies, nobody will look for the girl.

On the other end of the line is, as we’d suspected, the handsome politician that Buja recognized.

Meanwhile, Buja tells PK that she wants to see the person waiting for her before she decays entirely and disappears.

Just then, the hit men discover PK’s uploaded video and recognize Buja as the girl they killed. Then… did she survive?

Secretary Ma oversees preparations for their special dinner, and Mawang describes their VIP to a disinterested Oh-gong. Mawang tells him to listen up, predicting that Oh-gong will be asking him about their guest shortly: “He’s a very special person to Sam-jang. I prepared this for you.” Man, these immortals put so much effort into annoying each other. Just imagine what they could do if they actually tried to accomplish things.

Mawang explains the whole first-love scenario, and Oh-gong initially scoffs. But Mawang assures him that Jonathan and Sun-mi have already recognized each other from their past, and tonight will mark their reunion in earnest. Mawang takes credit for writing and directing tonight’s drama, which stars Sun-mi, Jonathan, and Oh-gong. And while Oh-gong tries not to react, we can see he’s not entirely unaffected.

The doorbell rings, and Secretary Ma lets Sun-mi in. A moment later Jonathan comes rushing in, having caught a glimpse of Sun-mi outside. Eager to reconnect, Jonathan calls out to her just as Oh-gong rises to greet her, and Sun-mi smiles at him, assuring him that she does remember him.

Sun-mi takes Jonathan’s hand, Oh-gong’s gaze sharpens, and Mawang does a little dance in his seat. That’s worth a replay or ten right there.

Jonathan hugs Sun-mi warmly, and they exchange pleasantries. Mawang taunts Oh-gong, saying he must be feeling crazed, reveling in Oh-gong’s stone face.

“The crazed drama right now is what you wrote,” Oh-gong says. “What I do from here on is your fault.” Mawang’s smile turns confused, and Oh-gong heads straight for the reunited couple while Mawang tells himself that surely Oh-gong wouldn’t kill the man.

Without breaking his stride, Oh-gong pulls Sun-mi’s hand out of Jonathan’s grasp, turns her around, and says, “Did you just arrive? Nice to see you.”

Then he pulls her to him, holding her tightly, and says, “I missed you.” And then, kiss.

Jonathan’s eyes widen. Secretary Ma shoots Mawang an alarmed look. And Mawang whines, “Crazy!”

Sun-mi’s eyes dart back and forth in surprise. As the kiss continues, eventually they flutter closed.

 
COMMENTS

Aw, jealous Monkey. I’m not sure I find this love triangle that threatening in the big picture sense—mostly because it came after Sun-mi acknowledged that she likes Oh-gong—but I welcome it because I’m sure I’m going to enjoy where it takes our characters in the near future. I can see how even though Sun-mi knows she likes Oh-gong, she’d be tempted to pursue a human relationship anyway —and with every monster in the drama urging her to do that, it’s not like there’s much question about what’s better for her. And if it gives Oh-gong a much-needed kick in the pants to step up his game (and be less hot-and-cold-and-taunting), I’m all for it. When the love balance of a drama seems unfairly tilted in someone’s favor, I always love when something flies out of the wings to send the seesaw in the other direction, especially if Mr. High and Mighty Monkey hasn’t seen it coming.

As a plot device, I really love how in this world, a whole story arc can be prompted by nothing more than a monster wanting to annoy another monster, and it makes complete sense and provides lots of comic fodder. (The reaction shots in today’s episode were everything I wanted and more.) Since we’re dealing with so many supernatural beings with extra powers, their squabbles can take on more intense damages because ultimately their lives aren’t in any jeopardy; mostly, they’re dealing with loss of face or humiliation or momentary (but fixable) physical inconveniences.

But then you throw a human into the mix, and suddenly things get a lot more interesting—because to Sun-mi, something that seems minor to a monster carries much higher stakes for her. She is at risk in very real ways, and their child’s play can put her in mortal danger. In that regard I completely see why everyone’s warning her to keep her distance and find camaraderie with her kind. At least there, the potential fallout isn’t casual death and destruction. And amidsr that sense of vague and impending peril, we have a doting human who believes her to be his destiny; it’s a tempting choice, I’m sure.

Despite the big jealous outburst and the kiss at the end, what really moved me was the sacrifice of the mermaid’s tears to Sun-mi, because as silly as it seems, we can understand exactly what a wrench that was to Oh-gong to give up a once-in-a-lifetime chance to break heaven’s rules without actually breaking heaven’s rules. Granted, I’m also not going to get incredibly dramatic about what a huge deal that is, because ultimately Monkey is an immortal being who has lived hundreds of years and has many opportunities to drink and/or thwart heaven’s rules again and/or find more mermaid tears.

It’s just that we know Oh-gong is also incredibly petty and in-the-moment too, and for someone who had zero reason to make any sacrifice at all, it’s symbolically a big step for him to care about anyone other than himself and his immediate pleasure. It was extra-poignant to see him alone in that moment, looking rather morose, and to not claim credit for the move. You’d think he’d be eager to score points with Sun-mi, but it feels like it actually means something when he keeps that to himself, as though giving her a happy moment really is more important than anything else. It’s these baby steps that give me hope and pang my heart.

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Oh I am loving Mawang's character.
He has such great comedic timing. His gleeful happiness on exacting petty revenges on Oh Gong is just so cute. Though I think he's in love with uri Oh Gongyie too. Let the bromance bloom. Hehaahaaa.

Also I already feel sad for piggy. He has formed this pure bond with Buja, someone he can protect and care for. That's important for him as we have always seen him getting bashed in the power dynamics. So by protecting Buja he's filling himself with a sense of importance and belongingness pig never got. I wonder if he will backstab Samjang for Buja if need arises.

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it would be hard to backstab sunmi because buja's existence is dependent on sunmi being alive because of how buja got revived with sunmi's blood

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Oh my god! Your comment just made me realise Pig could betray Samjang because he would need her blood to sustain Buja. This whole drama is about the extreme ends monsters will resort to protect/enact revenge on their love.

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Totally agreed!!!!

I’m so happy with this episode. Mawang really crack me up with his behaviors. LMAO

P/s: Like always, you tend to read recap first when sub is no where to be found. Thanks ❤️❤️❤️

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Thank you for this recap... ❤❤❤
It saved my day for waiting full english sub for this episode. 😀

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First of all, thank you for the speedy recap! Kya~~~ channeling Secretary Ma’s reactions!!! Those eyes! Jealous monkey is hilarious to watch! 😍

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Her reactions are the best! Lol

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Lee El always gets good roles. She’s often a side character but her charisma and portrayal brings the character to life and you can’t help but get drawn to her. 😍

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Totally agree, it's a shame she hasn't been given any main roles in dramas or movies. What a waste of charisma; in Goblin she stole the show every time she was in the scene. Thankfully, I think she's gonna play a main role in the upcoming movie Wind wind wind.

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I'm not even watching Hwayugi but I will like and respond to any post about my girl Lee El.

I pray for a drama with a lead character that is unique and badass enough to be worthy of Lee El to fall into her lap one day so she can get the starring role that she deserves. Otherwise, I don't mind that she has been playing side characters because they can often be the most interesting characters in a TV show and she nails them Every. Single. Time. I've been low-key obsessed with her since Liar Game and would honestly watch this show just for her. Maybe once it finishes airing.

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Homegirl deserves all appreciation. She’s just so good in everything she does. Nails every role. I will continue to watch her whether she got main or side role. I dropped her last project Black, but I skimmed over every episode just to watch her. Hahaha

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Secretary Ma this ep was like a ray of sunshine and I cackled the loudest at her gasp at the end.

I think this ep was so good because they finally cut the time down, and it was worth it to me.

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is it the style or is ohgong tying his scarf thing (the white thing around his neck at the end of the ep) like sunmi?

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They seem to be wearing a couple outfit, albeit not deliberately by Sun Mi. Both were wearing white turtleneck tops with the scarf-like sash... It may be Oh Gong subconsciously dressing like Sun Mi. I also noticed that he's stopped wearing his animal fur coats an dressing to look more 'normal'.

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i also noticed that they were wearing the same outfit turtle neck white scarf~y thing during Mawang's prepared party -:) and yes animal fur coats is missing..

One thing i noticed the mermaid soul CG effect didn't amaze me at all but i am not complaining if this suits for the safety of the staff. Moreover, i am also wondering if in the future they will continue to stick to this introducing new character demon in each episode of the drama.

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Really like where this drama is heading now. Wish they would stick more the realm of the Gods/demons because that is infinitely more entertaining than the ghost of the week.

Really loved the addition of the Sea Prince! Hilarious. can't wait for that love triangle to get going.

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@clover i have the same sentiment with you, my last paragraph comment above should be here-:)

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I cannot help but occasionally feel sorry for Han-joo. He has put up with the strange things that happen around Sun-mi for some time and remained quite loyal. And now, when things are getting even weirder, he has no clue why, while still being affected by it. His fear of bad-mouthing Oh-gong was hilarious, but I hope he gets some inkling of the truth before the series ends.

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Lol I want a spin off with him just freaking out/reacting to the bizarre things happening around him and he has no clue why any of this is happening!

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They should make that a series of epilogues on the web - posted on the Monday after the weekend's airing.

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Oh what a wonderful idea! I'm sure that would make for some really hilarious and heartfelt moments from him. They could take off 5 minutes from the show's inordinately long running time for the epilogues as well!

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he didn’t make big deal out of burning the movie world too . whenever he makes honest grand gestures he’s not the one to take credit for it, what a swoony monkey king c

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Oh yeah, I only noticed that now. Who knew our monkey has depth too? 🤔

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That actually quite scary...the money is willing to destory a whole world inside of the movie for her just imagine what he'll do if she dies...kind of foreshadowing the future....

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He gave up his alcohol for her. There's no way he's not falling for her by now.

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Like Javabeans said, him giving up something and not taking credit screams louder that he's genuinely feeling something for her than any declaration he might make out loud

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That, and also, the Geumgango only seems to affect him when something will make Sun-mi sad, unhappy, etc. That really wasn't the case with Sun-mi wanting to see her grandmother. When Sun-mi said she wanted to see grandma, it was wishful thinking- and she didn't even know it was possible. So, for SOG to give up the alcohol for her meant that he did it without the Geungamgo's influence.

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I agree! If the Geumgango had compelled him to give up his chance to taste alcohol, he would have been so annoyed, he'd loudly complain to Sunmi about it.

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Can we also discuss the intense staring at her this ep! Heart's fluttering all over the place :D

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I just watched it with sub..n white deity tells mawang that after seeing mermaid in love betrayed by human..oh gong wud not want to drink..because he is reminded of his case of human betrayal

So more than monkey thinking of jsm.. it seems like monkey was upset enough to not want to drink..n then used it for the nxt best thing jsm..her eing happy wud assuage his hurt a bit

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I don't think so. He did ask her what her wish would be at Summer's bar. And his smile when he lifted his glass of water at the dinner table makes me think that it was really to make her happy.

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Yes, and during the scene when he's sitting at the table holding the glass of water, he says something along the lines of, "I wish I could drink". That tells me he COULD drink, but he chose to go without. It's such a small move but it speaks volumes to how he's changed without the Geumgango's influence.

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Nah,he choose to make her wish come true and give her a small moment of priceless hapiness in reuniting her with her Grandmother and he did it deep dowm because he loves her and even when he said at the table that he wished to drink something that moment he was smilling and happy as he knew she was happy...

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I guess nxt episode will answer what powers ggm has

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I guess more than anything, I appreciate how the Hong Sisters are keeping us guessing on "does he" or "does he not" like Sun-mi. It's such a novel factor. In dramas, it's usually a given that the main leads would have a romantic relationship. But with this drama, it's so hard to differentiate between the real and the fake. I find myself really, really focusing on the chracter's actions, facial expressions, and postures more than anything else to see if SOG is being sincere or not.

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Ma Wang's winks kept distracting me this whole episode LMAO (Cha Seung Won plays his character to such a tee).
So if Winter Fairy froze the bracelet, but Summer Fairy defrosted it straight away, does that mean Oh-Gong's answer was technically still influenced by the bracelet? Hmm.
Oh-Gong's indecisiveness with his alcohol and Bu-Ja messing up his choices hahaha.
Not going to lie, I also screamed a bit when the ghost dropped her head under the table to look at that student. Urghh
I like the Sea Prince's character, especially in Alice's body, he was hilarious with his reactions LOL.
He used the tears for Sun-Mi and didn't even take credit GAHH my heart, how sweet is that.
OKAY but I'm totally Ma-Wang dancing in his seat at all the drama. I mean I knew Oh-Gong's jealousy was gonna be great but this was even BETTER.

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On paper, the winks would have elicited a chuckle, but on screen, it's comedy gold. I love how it extended to his interaction with Han Joo!

The whole SOG trying to decide which alcohol to use the tears on was hilarious. The music was so serious.

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Cha Seung Won is killing it as Mawang! I absolutely think he is a scene stealer sometimes!

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He is really killing it! I don't know how they film these scenes with a straight face but dude we gotta give CSW props. I don't even think of him as the actor playing GSW right now, he's totally just Ma-Wang.

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Like how perfectly cast is this drama? I also thing OYS is doing the best she can with Ji Seon Mi, and making her as likeable as possible with the dry material she has

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Perfect to the tee. I do like OYS's acting as Seon-mi, but I just wish she'd emote more sometimes, you know? But maybe it just seems like that to me because how well CSW and LSG are doing.

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Her calmness/dryness is emphasized by OG and MW craziness and OTT characters. I think the writer’s are pushing for her quiet strength. As long as they do not deviate their focus on her, I think she’ll be okay. If not, a character like hers could easily be forgotten and cast aside.

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I wish Seon-mi was somehow more effusive too. OYS's acting is good, but in this show... I can't help but think that her character is really dull. And maybe part of it is because we have all these over-the-top monsters that she's always in the vicinity of.

I've really like OYS when she plays "pretty out there" characters that are unreserved, and I think those type of roles fit her best. I can't help but think that she's being underutilized in this show.

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I feel the same, like JSM is an interesting character on paper--all of her choices are SUPER interesting, like how she doesn't call SOG because of her guilt in using him (I found that very endearing), but they don't make engaging television. Maybe they would come across better in a book.

And I can only think of alternative choices to this personality because I'm seeing it pan out and noticing how flat it is among everything else. (EX:

-They could make her more active in getting roped up in supernatural business, in a way that seems dumb but as the character is fleshed out it could be spun as an intense desire to save the world (which would also tie into that hell's gate plot point they're acting like they forgot about)

-They could make her the opposite of SOG to the point of comedy. Extensively thinking things out and planning before making a move. She's got the weak part down (no shade), but it could be played up for laughs)

I feel like even the alternatives are a few quirks/running gags that could be added to the character already created and still make for a more engaging JSM. OYS Is being wasted, and it's sad because the character isn't even a bad one. Just needs some more life breathed into her.

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I also think she acts as contrast for the craziness of CSW and LSG. Actually, I would have liked her acting even more severe to emphasize that contrast. After all, we cannot forget she's supposed to be the monk, bringing the calmness and empathy to the team. That's why she only wears dark and dull clothing, opposite to the colourful (and a bit ridiculous) outfits of the other two.

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@abcde I just wish she'd be more intense in her quietness tho. Sometimes I don't know what she's thinking.
@yuyuu @sammm Exactly my thoughts! I wish her character were more fleshed out. There are so many chances, I want her to be more than just a ghost/demon ridding lady. I mean she survived almost what 10-15 years on her own?? So she should have a hell of a strong personality. Meaning inner strength/courage wise etc.

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@naelap I have been thinkto by about it and actually Seon mi is actually a pretty great role model. She’s successful, and smart, as kind and forgiving and she’s as joyful as one can be in a sad situation as hers. I think I get why SOG fell for her. I see it. She is quiet and her inner pain brings his protective side, and she’s the same for him.

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@mollyp Yess she is all of these things. I just wish they'd show us more of it.

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i have to agree with @Sim wanted to see some more life breathed into her (Jeon Sun Mi)..actually this is 1st i noticed after watching episode 1 & 2 to the point that her character is getting more boring.. I wish to see more layered portrayal of her character too @Naela Patel

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Really? I think he's overdoing it a bit for my taste. He was great in The Greatest Love, with the perfect blend of craziness and vulnerability, each balancing the other. Now he's only crazy. IMO with a quieter performance he would be more menacing and fitting for a bull demon... And his comedic moments would be better appreciated.

On another note, I think the one killing it is Lee Seung Gi. Best performance of his career up 'til now.

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I agree with the fact this is LSGs best performance, no matter how much I adore him in MGIAG. But I think CSW as Mawang is cracktastic and is much needed. I genuinely believe he could be more menacing in the slight hints we’ve seen of his demon self but he’s tying so hard to be good that I think it’s showing itself in this crazy way.

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@snows119 @mollyp No doubt that LSG is just killing it with his character. But I also have to agree with Molly that I think CSW's Ma-Wang is also being played really well because Ma-Wang has shown hints of how menacing he can be (like with threatening to kill Secretary Ma etc.) and the seriousness he shows whenever he thinks about his wife etc. But he's also been alive a pretty long time and that does tend to make a person go a bit cracky lol. I do think we'll be able to see more of his menacing sides in the upcoming episodes.

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Hear hear! I totally agree with you! Time and pain takes it toll. And he’s still a determined guy. I actually love all the fleshed our characters in this show. All of them are deep down decent beings trying to be happier. Even Oh Gong

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I am not sure if the Summer Fairy is telling the truth. We did see the bracelet freeze, and Oh Gong catching cold from that brief snowfall (which no one else seems to have experienced) suggests that he was vulnerable for that short period of time.

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We need to learn our lesson that nothing is what it seems with these demons lol. The bracelet did freeze, so now we need to figure out who's lying,

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If the winter general can freeze ice cream though, i imagine its the same as freezing the bracelet. Unless its different because its a magical object. 🤔
Yes! Can’t wait to see the Jade Dragon stirring up waves into already messy state!

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I think I'm really gonna like the Jade Dragon's role. I mean I'm already loving his character (all the more because he's in Alice's body and she's a little brat)

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I think he spoke the truth in that moment because he told her he loved her when it was still snowing and somehow i doubt the Fairy will be 100% truthful to SunMi,she is still a deity even if she is very nice to her...It's clear they don't want her to love Oh Gong,maybe because he is a immortal and it is bound to tradgedy and for her to stick to a human or maybe because of the bigger plan involving them...Yet again SunMi is somehow toooo pure in mind and like Oh Gong mentioned once she belives everything fast so it is kinda ahrd for her to see the nuances or that they might lie to her in occasions,she is tooo trustful and pure...

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@miky88 That's true. I mean no matter what their loyalty goes to Oh-Gong first and foremost. So obviously they're gonna want what's best for him.

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For that matter it's a big hard to watch Sun Mi sooo innocent,i understand they made her to balance Oh Gong but still find it hard that she beleievs everything sooo easily( ex.like how she actually believed Oh Gong would protect her all this time when it was clear he didn't want and backstab her all those years,not falling in the same trap of his words),u would think she would be a bit more jaded as she didn't had such a nice life...

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We have this saying about drowning man grasping at a straw. There is a difference between naivity and despair.

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This drama is so creative and fun
Also loving the otp so much
Don't know why the rating dropped for this ep

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Huwayugi was a great drama yet i wonder why it never break to a double digit rating. For me, this drama has no dull moments, the story is fast paced and compelling i could’nt find any issues why it did’nt hit double digit even if it is given that it is in cable channel.

Crossing my fingers soon people will realize how good this drama is! Fighthing!

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Poor mermaid..
So wasnt dragon kings son the horse that monk used to ride?

M not interested in evil politician seems too simplistic... i will guess sun mi finds about death of buja .. goes to ask politician.. he kidnaps her.. oh gong goes crazy and burns d world down 🤔 .. i wanted monk purpose to be genuinely great..

Back to drama..
Awesomness continues..n it willbe funnier when sunmi pushes monkey away after the kiss

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Omg I think you're right about the Prince being the horse. I vaguely remember that in the HK Drama. Haven't got up to that part in the rewatch attempt with my family though

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Loved this episode so much! Thanks for the recap!

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Thank you javabeans for the fast recap! I've always enjoyed reading yours and girlfriday's recaps! I love the story development and the part where SOG would give up his virtual reality wish of drinking to make JSM happy makes me feels so touched and wish they would one day be together forever and share a real passionate kiss.

Hope the ratings can go up and up and up from now on.

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The ratings have been consistently high for his drama though--with the possible exception of ep. 7 which dipped a bit (but was still in the 5% range) from ep. 6 which was the highest thus far. It also airs on a cable channel, so 5-7% is quite high. I think it even broke some records.

See ratings here.

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i really wonder why as to my other comment above about teh rating..

Huwayugi was a great drama yet i wonder why it never break to a double digit rating. For me, this drama has no dull moments, the story is fast paced and compelling i couldn't find any issues why it didn't hit double digit in a cable channel.

This drama is awesome.. wish the rating could go up

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Honestly, Ma Wang had it coming to him to have his plan fail. He has know the monkey god for centuries, and he really thought he would just stand there like a sad second lead?? This is Oh Gong we are talking about, I honestly thought he was going to kill the man or at least send him flying to a different world.

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But oh gong is also amassing good pounts to go back to heaven.. remember initial epiaod3s.. there is no way oh gong will do somthing baf that can be linked to him

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Thoughts:
1. I wish Jonathan was more attractive.

2. I had hoped Buja would get to use a couple of tears.

3. If one drop of blood brought her back to life, shouldn't another drop give her a little more brain power, or at least freshness?

4. Why doesn't Monkey wear a hat? A fur hat with the flaps on the hat would really take those coats to the next level. Or make him look even more like a pimp. Either way, it's a win for the viewers.

5. Is there a difference between "monsters" and "demons?"

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I find Michael to be a very attractive.
He isn't the typical handsome one but his overall gentle demeanor and charisma make him quite swoony
Esp as the only one who loves sunmi without any agenda

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I'd been thinking "delicate," but "gentle" is a better, and less insulting term to describe him. Besides there being something odd going on in the jawline area, it's that "gentle demeanor" that makes him unappealing to me personally and as a suitor for Seon-mi. She's fighting otherworldly creatures, in danger on a regular basis, and already a bit dry herself. His character thus far doesn't seem particularly complimentary.

Seon-mi isn't actually agenda free herself. From the beginning when she was trying to get the more powerful umbrella, she's had her own angles. She just keeps getting played.

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Well you have to show a contrasting rival character with Oh Gong.
Sunmi struggled and survived alone. So i won't be surprise if her character is serious and grim

She is also a succesful woman in her 30s. There's no time for jokes here... i actually appreciate a drama that shows a realistic character

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I wondered about #3 and #5. For #3, I wonder if PK will try to steal Sun-mi's blood for Buja or if there will be a situation where Sun-mi can just give Buja some blood. I wish there was more interaction between Sunmi and Buja since Buja seems to be more Team Sunmi than any of the monsters/demons/deities.

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She's slicing herself open left and right. It seems like she could just give Buja a drop or two...or pint.

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Though I am certain Buja will probably die, I am also thinking could giving her a lot of Sunmi’s blood bring her back to life? Her tragic death, murdered and who knows what else she’s been through before dying, was really sad and I want to give her a second chance at life.

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Me too, especially since it seems like she only had her mom and her mom only had her and these gangsters are looking to off her mom so she would stop looking for her.

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There's a difference between monsters and demons, and in the Korean different terms are used: We use "monsters" to refer to supernatural beings in a general sense; it's a more generic term than ghost or goblin, for instance. Sometimes the show specifies that a monster is evil, in which case they're demons.

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I LOVE YOU JIN SEON MI

Finally he declare his love for her for real..!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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Right alongside his silent gestures, the way he looks at her speaks volumes! He has this way of gazing her with so much intensity and feeling in his eyes. Usually, its like he's constantly battling against his feelings for her. But in those quite moments of introspection, like him gazing at her in the library and then thinking of her with his glass of wine, it feels like he's given into his feelings. And has just for that split second in the moment let himself feel. And Lee Seungi shoes those feelings with so much clarity and intensity that it just makes me feel all fluttery and swoony! *sigh* There's no running from that cheeky rascal!

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Lee Seung gi is actually incredible in the show. I’ve never been more attracted to him, or bought into his character as much before. I mean I love almost all of his projects (shaking head sadly at Gu Family book) but I feel like this is step up for him in terms of his acting. It’s so different to all the characters he’s played before and I applaud him for rising to the challenge and killing it!

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Oh yes definitely! I loved him in all his projects before. Specially King2Hearts which still holds a very special place in my heart. His acting in that was incredible and the best that he had done before army duty. This though, feels like a step up from that!

Also, I don't really know if its just his character, his acting, or post army duty presence. But whatever it is, its made him incredibly sexy in a way I never felt from him before! He makes my heart flutter with the smallest of actions or looks. Son-mi is definitely stronger than me because I would have never been able to resist him for as long as she has!

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I had to delete the last comment, cringing at my spelling mistake because I typed too fast and didn’t check.
You are a girl after my own heart because I’ve been harping on about how damn sexy he has become and I’m not sure what to do about his new sex appeal and I’ve been going on about it to other beanies they’re probably sick of it hahahah! Army has leaned him up and made him pretty, but swinging I had learned how to make it hot with just his eyes! Thank you army

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I don't know what it is but he's so sexy to me now that I cannot deal with it sometimes! Lol I think I've tired people too with my new found obsession with Seungi! But I can't seem to stop so *shrugs* :P

And yes about his eyes! They are so intense, he can convey so many emotions with just his eyes. I know it might suck for the guys, but I for one am loving these post army sexiness and can't complain! :P

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@silvermists yes!!! I can’t stop either. I think about this drama all the time. And of course O Gong! It’s so romantic and hilarious and such a. Fresh concept. Loving it so far. I needed a little supernatural in my life since Goblin ended and although a miss Reaper/ Goblin bromance and the melancholic feel of the show, I feel like there is a lighter melo feel to Hwayugi and I hope here will be a bromance developing between Mawang and o gong, but at the same time I like them messing with each other. I feel like Hong sisters did that on purpose to not make it seem too much like Goblin with the roommate situation. Butttt the cinematography and music is ace in both dramas so I’m happy!

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I used to hate military enlistment for taking all of my beloved oppas away from me for too d*mn long... But if they all come back like this - hot bod, mature and oozing with sex appeal, hmmm... I might just be okay with it. This mere mortal can wait two years. 😍

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Also, I don't really know if its just his character, his acting, or post army duty presence. But whatever it is, its made him incredibly sexy in a way I never felt from him before!

Yesss! I've always liked LSG and thought he was good-looking, but never saw him as SEXY. Cute and adorable, maybe. Charismatic, no doubt.

But his post-military self? Damn. I don't know what sort of metamorphosis they go through, but he's so much more manlier...and Idk how to really explain this, but also more mature in character.
It's incredibly hot and these days, I catch myself thinking "holy shit, what a sexy man."

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I honestly think it’s because hey have to undergo 2 years of extreme discipline and that probably does cause a massive change in people’s personalitites. And of course the constant workouts are rewarded with gorgeous sculpted jawlines etc. But LSG is hot and I’m loving it

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Seunggi didn't just undergo 2 years of extreme discipline, he was in the SWC - the equivalent of the Special Forces in South Korea. And even though there were activities that he did not need to participate in, such as the harsh Long March conducted in winter, he volunteered. He's more than just a talented pretty face entertainer.

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@crazyahjummafan that’s good to know!

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Yes, when he gives those smouldering stares to Son-mi I faint from his sexiness.

...Then I look at his hair and 80's Austin Power-overall outfit and wake up.

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If we pieced together all the comments about Lee Seung-gi's newfound sexiness, I see a thesis forming on the elements of attractiveness—beyond symmetry or fine musculature. Experience, maturity, confidence contribute.

That said, I believe there are scenes of LSG working out All the Butlers/Masters in the House. Double ropes whip routine. In a sleeveless top.

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Which episode? It’s a matter of life and death. Quickly!

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Also this, posted today, LSG hilariously "struggles" to put on a T-shirt the right way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KCwr9EtVrk

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@tsutsuloo thanks for posting this. Seeing him put his shirt on backwards was comforting confirmation that he may have come back all grown-up and super sexy, but he's still our heodang Seung-gi.

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And some circuit training and grooming of his very symmetrical torso: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IupU11f5FNo

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Thank you for this gift.

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Bless this post!

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OMG are you trying to kill me??? When he came out of the shower and started blow drying his hair like o_o and then he started putting lotion on his body I died okis! I'm DEAD!!!

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🤩 Thanks for this intel! *Rush off to search for the episode on youtube*

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Thank you for making my day with these video links ~

I also just want to pop up from my lurking to say I agree with everything on this thread (thanks for starting this off @silvermists ). Lee Seung Gi is a gift to humanity, I've been his fan for years (I count him as my first oppa), but this is the first time I can recall blushing and replaying scenes so often... There is something so different and grown up and manly about him, and he still has those dimples and that blinding smile!! How can anyone be expected to handle that?!

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Lol We can't handle any of this which is why I think we all started gushing on this page! :P He is a damn work of art! And I'm glad I have you fellow beanies to squeal with me on his manliness and swoon whenever he so much as breathes. It makes fangirling over oppa so much more fun! :P

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Bless this website. And bless all of you beanies. I have found my people.

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@silvermists & @mollyp
It’s my pleasure and privilege to fangirl together. We can admire oppa much more together than we ever could apart (evidence is @tsutsuloo sharing previously unseen videos of oppa’s abs)

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@hotcocoagirl Yes! I much ratehr fangirl with you guys! It makes gushing over oppa so much more fun! Also thank you to @tsutsuloo for the link. I spend the whole day just browsing through all the videos on Lee Seungi that I could find! At the end of the day, not only did I also watch everything I could get my hands on, but also read up on oppa's military posting, and have changed my wallpaper to his face! :P

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Girls, you are so adorable, fangirling like this. I blush for you, this is precius.

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That last scene was incredible! I’ve watched it so many times already 😂

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I literally died when Cha Seung Won said “keukbok” (his famous line from Greatest Love)

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Yessssss it's happening!

That scene where Oh Gong is all alone at his table and the screen pans to his glass of definitely not whiskey just hit me so hard. The fact that Oh Gong even asked Sun Mi what she would want for a false reality was sweet because I don't think he honestly would have cared before or bothered to ask.

Also I love how petty Oh Gong's jealousy is. Like I've seen enough Korean dramas to know that it's very common for the guy to grab the woman's wrist and then go right for the kiss. Oh Gong hugs Sun Mi first then swoops in on her lips and I just couldn't help but laugh. I am going to wait patiently for the kiss that happens between Oh Gong and Sun Mi when their feelings are out in the open. But for now, jealous Monkey will do.

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It looked like he was trying to copy Jonathan and Sunmi's greeting...and then in his opinion, one-upping it by kissing her.

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So petty lmao

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I can do with a jealous monkey for a few more episodes. Add a little bit serious brooding monkey and insecure monkey and it will be GOLDEN!

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No fur coats in this episode!! WHHHY?! :( Is this the end of fur-coat-wearing SOG?! I would have enjoyed the kiss more if he was wearing the coat or a sweater and not that weird white outfit. Wear the coat and lower the heating bill!

"Man, these immortals put so much effort into annoying each other. Just imagine what they could do if they actually tried to accomplish things." -- that's what happens when you're an immortal! i did think Mawang could be saving his beloved right this second if he didn't spend all that time trying to get on SOG's nerves only for SOG to retaliate and waste Mawang's time. Nevertheless, Mawang has the most full plate out of anyone - between running a company, providing lodging to random monsters, managing celeb-monsters, and even babysitting a friend's wayward son.

I'm not too into this Jonathan guy, but Sun-mi looks so glad to see him, which makes me glad. There's a human out there who likes her!!!! I'm also so happy that Sun-mi supported the mermaid in her revenge and that she was like the whole mermaids-turning-into-bubbles thing was fairytale hogwash.

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No fur coats and I haven’t seen Son Yook-gong either🐵

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Son Yook Gong appeared briefly on the couch where sun mi usually sits in the scene with Han Joo and Jonathan, when they panned out from near face shots to full room shots.

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I hope this ends Oh Gong's push-and-pull of feelings towards Sun Mi. When Ma Wang devised the plot to make Oh Gong jealous, I was guiltlessly cheering for the plan to succeed. I used to feel sad for Sun Mi for not having someone who really cares for her without bad intentions. I really hope Jonathan would like her genuinely even if he will find out Sun Mi's supernatural ability or her fate as Sam Jang, because if that turns him off, it would really be super sad. I want to see Sun Mi to be truly happy, be that with Oh Gong or not, because I think she had suffered enough ever since she was a child.

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Yea i hope Jonathan can be Sunmi’s human friend even if they wont work out as lovers.

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Two things I've learned about drama land:
1. Be weary of people who are overly nice. They sometimes turn out to be giant a**holes. I could be wrong here.
2. Pacing dictates most things. So when something happens by a particular episode and it's early on in the series run, chances are we haven't seen the last of that angst yet. It's kind of like the by episode 8-12 rule--thats when you usually get the confession, first kiss, revelation, or what have you. Then things dip, and then they get good again. So long story short, I highly doubt that the Oh-gong's push and pull is over, not by a long shot. But then again, I could be pleasantly surprised.

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Oh the pacing... the initial high, followed by the lows, then the angst, then the race to finish.

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The race (rush) to the finish is what gets to me most!

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I really hope Jonathan doesn't mind that Sunmi sees monsters/dead people, and that he'd even think it's pretty cool. I also want to see Sun Mi be really happy even if it's not with SOG.

I sort of wish we got to see the junior that Han Joo was going to set Sunmi up with, since HanJoo says that guy isn't scared of spooky stuff and has been bugging him to set her up with him. Sadly, speaking into a thermos cup was too "whack-job"-y for Han Joo to do the setup in good conscience. It would have been awesome if we got So Ji Sub in to cameo as him.

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Doesn't he already know? I mean all of the flashbacks are with her using her umbrella.
I want to see that blind date too. I feel like SunMi is so worthy.

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OMG I second the So Ji Sub cameo as the junior (dunno if that would logically make sense though because Han Joo would most likely be the junior to So Ji Sub lol) but suspending reality for a moment, I would love it.

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The mermaid ghost was poorly done

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I keep thinking this would be so much better if it had been pre-produced so they would have had time to create some quality special effects.

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To heck with the ratings drama gods. Make the drama you want to make, and make it well!

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What puzzled me was why did the librarian kill mermaid? If he didn't love her any more, just leave her. And when exactly did he kill her? It couldn't have been recent, cos she had been wandering around the library for some time. If so, why has her body not decayed?

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I feel like the librarian was probably an abusive guy who killed her by accident and just didn't feel any remorse. I was wondering why he hadn't tried to bury her somewhere nor was he puzzled at why her face remained in such a pristine condition. Since I knew she was a mermaid, I guess not decaying was probably part of being a mermaid, but the librarian should have been worried about a possible decaying flesh smell calling attention to the dead body. I hope the fishbone in his heart will prevent him from committing any more acts of murder...

I've got to say that mermaid was really pretty - like a cross between Kim Yoo Jung and Kim So Hyun.

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"Man, these immortals put so much effort into annoying each other. Just imagine what they could do if they actually tried to accomplish things." Wise words,JB.
Oh man...that mermaid's story was so sad.And bleaker than any mermaid story that I've ever heard. And innovative. I mean, who would've ever thought of a ghost of a mermaid!?! It's fantasy within fantasy!
It elevates mythical creatures to a whole new level and makes ghosts universal, as we've only thought of ghosts of the mortals as of humans and(rarely) animals, but now faen creatures too become ghosts! (Unless I read the whole thing wrong!)

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the mermaid story was so well done . the fact that she is a ghost and that stabbing thing is not to kill the man but to make him suffer for it is the ending mermaid korean version deserves .

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Subs are out and recap is out! What a beautiful day. ♥️

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but the subs are out of sync.
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Awww yah. But I did find another site where the subs are perfectly synced and complete 😊

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share?
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I hope it’s not restricted where you are from but I watched at fastdrama.co :)

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Ok, I’m still at a point where I am not yet convinced about Monkey’s feelings to be real. Until he gave up the mermaid tears for Sun-mi, without trying to take credit for it.

And PK. I think he likes Buja! Poor pig. Is there a way Buja is brought back to life? Like really alive not just a zombie?

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They can meet again when Buja is reincarnated though

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I was thinking that PK would try to get in on the heaven game as well to do just that.

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Giving her a pint or two of Sunmi’s blood? A drop brought her back, so maybe giving her more will reanimate all her veins? Like vampires maybe? 🤔😂

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Oh Gong is giving me serious whiplash. Just make up your mind Monkey, do you love her or not? I feel really bad for Sam Jang so I am happy Jonathan came in to tip the scales in her favour. Burn, monkey, burn. And then realise that the love is real. Because I want my OTP to have lovely moments together without one of them throwing the fake love in the others face.

Mawang is a treasure. Those winks though. LOL. Then add the little dance and he becomes pettily adorable. LMAO. More, more, more. I can't get enough of this show.

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I want to send Sun-mi a virtual flower so she can go “He loves me, he loves me not” and just go with whatever the flower says.

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I am curious, why was monkey punished. He seems to carry a grudge against humans, was he betrayed. The drama is best in terms of comedy, Iamnotrobot is hurting and the emotions are too complex to handle. Anyway 💕 you cheesy 🐒, seems ma-gwang drama took a twist that he never anticipated😂 a special mention : That glass of water....

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Who knows we may get monkeys first love back into picture..after all 20 epispdes to go..

This i wasnt expecting.. monkey being cheated by a human and him losing his mind over it

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i was laughing from mawangs first wink at oh gong thinking he has a cold because of his dour mood and itching throat . lol you are in love monkey . mawangs happyness at oh gongs cold is so petty and his detailed planning to make oh gong jelous is just gold . these imortals have imortals side kicks who goes along with their crazy plans without blinking an eye . imagine the scale if they band together to actually accomplish somethings .

the mermaid story line , what to do with mermaid tears , buja wanting to meet family , and oh gong being too smart for his own good by realizing too soon that his love is doomed no matter what because he will kill himself before something happens to sunmi and plus he can’t really trust a human again after being betryed by one already flowed so well . i think he meant it when he said that it’s on mawang for making him jelous and promoting him to kiss her . who knows what will be the domino effect of that .

i like first love jonathan . apart from buja who’s rotting away no one is on team sunmi , so i’m happy for sunmi to be reunited with a childhood friend ( it was so heartbreaking when she said i don’t have any childhood friends) , J must be the only person from her childhood who didn’t call her a freak , andeveryone in the drama and out of the drama knows sunmi has alreay fallen for oh gong so he’s not really a rival , as jb said a tool to balance things and to make the great sage burn .

the dragon prince was so hilarious . and he’s the second son . the white horse of njjtw is the third son

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The emotional tug-of-war continues with this episode : the tear wringers of Buja and the mermaid vs the hilarity of Ma Wang vs Oh Gong 😂

It's a little disturbing that Oh Gong's expression is so odd when he meets the mermaid ghost. The conversation regarding Oh Gong having been betrayed and hurt by a human is most intriguing and helps pip the interest in the next episode. Waiting anxiously for the next recap 😁

Thanks much!

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When he turns around and sees her, it's like he knows already what happened to her. He just shares in her grief for a brief moment. So heartwrenching.

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Mawang, Mawang, Mawang. You devious bull! HAHAHA! Seeing him tickled when his plan came to fruition is just gold. And those winks. Oh dear.

To be honest, I salute Secretary Ma—it takes great skill and patience to not kill Alice. And I need Secretary Ma's stylist. I really do. Heh. The guy-being-trapped-woman's-body thing (Dragon King's son inside Alice) reminds me of the C-drama Go Princess Go (where a modern-day playboy gets trapped in a Princess's body and time-travels to the past). Hehe. I hope there's a lot of hilarity to come from that angle.

I am convinced that Han-joo is loyal to Sun-Mi. I know he wants to skedaddle from work first chance he gets, and he wants Sun-Mi's connections with Mawang for his daughter, but I'm pretty sure even before that it's not merely the pay that makes him stay with Sun-Mi aye? And when he denied that Oh-Gong was not Sun-Mi's boyfriend when Jonathan asked, he somehow inadvertently looks out for Sun-Mi's wellbeing.

PK and Buja!!! Those two!

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