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Hwayugi: Episode 9

Big changes are ahead as our characters face a game-changer, which opens us up for a wide-open future. Sure, love is all-powerful and compelling, but what happens when the magic threatens to fade and challenge fate? What is fate, even, if it can be changed? And if it can be diverted once, surely it can be diverted again… right?

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

Sun-mi steps into a church, dressed as a bride, and walks down the aisle. Off to the side, Mawang plays the wedding march on the piano with great flair, and Sun-mi looks up at the bridegroom waiting for her—Oh-gong. She wonders, “How did this happen with him?”

Sun-mi thinks back to the moment in the street when the bell in her hand started to ring, and she’d seen Oh-gong smiling at her. She thinks this is the bell that signals the meeting of your fated match, not knowing that it’s actually the death bell that rings when someone meets the one destined to kill them.

Instead, Sun-mi thinks to herself, “Could it really be that I’ve met my fated-to-be husband?”

Oh-gong crooks a finger at Sun-mi and beckons her forward. She smiles bashfully, asking herself if she can trust the bell. He holds his hand out to her, then takes her bridal bouquet…

And shoves Sun-mi aside and flings the bouquet at the bridal ghost standing behind her. LOL, you mean this was all real and not a dream-metaphor?

Reality comes crashing in as Oh-gong chides Sun-mi for pausing mid-operation, then yells at Mawang to stop the piano display. (Hilariously, Mawang is not actually any good, throwing himself into an impassioned performance of banging on random keys.)

Then Secretary Ma steps in to tell Sun-mi they have to return her dress, and Mawang tsks at his secretary for picking something so old-fashioned, only to be told Sun-mi picked it out herself. Mawang and Secretary Ma point out that the fashion is about thirty years behind the curve, but Oh-gong protests their insults, saying, “Even wearing something as awful as this, she’s still pretty!”

Thoughts turn to lunch, and Oh-gong suggests all sorts of options that Mawang balks at, since they’re all beef. As the three monsters head off, Sun-mi turns back to imagine herself standing at the altar with Oh-gong, which brings a hopeful smile to her face.

She turns to find Oh-gong waiting for her, and he asks if she loves the idea of getting married so much. She denies it, but he points out that she’s already married him twice: once just now, and back then in the picture-world when she’d been taken as the demon’s bride.

He beckons her over, and tells her she’s free to marry him, and that he’ll accept her however many times she comes to him.

Sun-mi hears the bell ringing again, and interprets this as a happy sign.

Mawang, on the other hand, took Sun-mi’s words at face value when she’d assured him that she no longer has any expectations of Oh-gong, and that her mind is at ease. He tells this to Secretary Ma, who notes that Oh-gong’s feelings are quite different.

Mawang says it’s because the bracelet has made him fall in love, quoting Victor Hugo: “The reduction of the universe to a single being, the expansion of a single being even to God, that is love.”

Secretary Ma says that means that Sun-mi is now Oh-gong’s universe and his god, and that Mawang probably relates because he has also experienced a love like that. Growing pensive, Mawang wonders what his wife is doing in this lifetime, and what kind of pain she is enduring.

As his car pauses at a red light, a police car pulls up alongside his, but he doesn’t notice that his very own wife, Princess Iron Fan, is there in the backseat. Her face is wan, her hands bloodstained and cuffed.

At a bar, PK tells Dragon Prince (in Alice’s form) to find a new host, dismayed at getting caught in a scandal with her and determined to end their “relationship” now. He admits that he might have considered dating Alice casually, but he’s never had a dating scandal before and now Dragon Prince has ruined an important opportunity he’d been saving up.

PK explains that there’s someone he cares about who needs to become famous, but Dragon Prince has made it impossible for him to help her (presumably by raising her profile with a scandal). Dragon Prince guesses that he means Buja, and vows to find someone much better than PK to be his next host body.

With great reluctance, Oh-gong finds himself accompanying Sun-mi to pick up Han-joo’s two kids from school. The precocious Han-byul eyes Oh-gong with exactly the same amount of skepticism that he shows her, saying that she thought Jonathan would be picking her up. Oh-gong declines to be called “Uncle Oh-gong,” so the little girl just calls him Mr. Sohn, like her father does.

At the real estate office, Sun-mi leaves Oh-gong to watch the kids while she steps out on an errand. He tries to protest, warning that he’ll be terrible at this and possibly make her only employee quit, but she pulls a bit of aegyo that gets him to reluctantly agree.

Oh-gong warns the kids not to bother him with requests, but as he watches Han-byul drawing, he can’t keep quiet and starts pestering her on her subpar rendering of a brontosaurus. That escalates to taunting that they only know the name of one dinosaur and must not have studied anything in school, and he’s somehow surprised when they start to cry.

In a bid to get them to quiet, Oh-gong promises to show them a dinosaur. With a snap of his fingers, he conjures up a vision that has them staring in awe.

While waiting at the bank, Sun-mi notices two children nearby, dressed rather shabbily and the older boy sporting a big gash on one hand. She doesn’t make too much of it, and returns to the office to find it empty. She’s initially concerned, but finds that Oh-gong brought the kids to her next-door apartment for snacks (calling over CEO Sa to cook, heh).

PK’s here too, having been called by Oh-gong to sign autographs for the kids, while Buja draws with the children.

Oh-gong, on the other hand, is back to polishing his liquor collection, sighing that kids are really not his thing.

That night when Han-joo arrives to pick up his kids, they’re clinging to Sun-mi and refusing to go, because they had so much fun and met such cool people. Han-byul even declares that she’s going to marry Oh-gong and live in this office from now on.

At that, Sun-mi meets the little girl eye to eye and tells her very firmly that marriage is for fated matches, and that Oh-gong already has someone. Thus Han-byul cannot marry him. Ever.

Later when she’s home, Sun-mi smiles at the memory of Oh-gong telling her to marry him anytime, and takes out the little black bell. She wonders again if it could be true that she’s met her fated match.

Mawang tells Oh-gong of how the General Store owner’s grandson lost that bell, which could be dangerous if put into the hands of a human. He’s excited at the idea of recovering it and earning more points, but Oh-gong warns Mawang not to put Sun-mi on that task, not wanting her to be exposed to such ill fortune.

As for the two shabbily dressed kids from the bank, we come to them at home that night, sitting quietly in the dark while their father drinks nearby. The little girl is hungry, but her older brother warns her to hush, knowing that’ll set off their father. Unfortunately, she reaches for a toy ambulance that starts blaring its siren, and the boy tries to hush the noise by clutching the toy.

Dad reaches for a baseball bat, yelling that he told the kids to be quiet, and the boy grabs his father’s legs to buy his sister time to run into the bedroom.

The girl cries while her brother is beaten, looking over at the fairy tale book that’s open to an image of two children escaping to heaven on a golden rope. Just like in the book, a rope descends from the sky, and the girl spots it dangling just outside the window. She walks over.

A short time later, the beaten boy comes into the room to find his sister gone, and he sees the golden rope outside the window. It disappears before his eyes, and as the boy looks out the window calling for his sister, the fairy tale book lights up.

In a library with crammed wall-to-floor with books, a woman (demon) reads that same book. The book gleams with golden light as she puts it back on the shelf, and she smiles to herself at the sound of a girl’s laughter gurgling from it.

Patriarch meets with Mawang to tell him of a rash of disappearances of children’s souls. Mawang asks if he’s insinuating that the culprit is Iron Fan, and Patriarch points out that she was a demon who ate children’s souls.

Mawang argues that she was already punished by heaven for that, and Patriarch tells him that he knows this culprit isn’t Iron Fan—but he is concerned that this will be a reminder of “that incident” for Mawang. Mawang tells him tersely that if he’s so concerned, Patriarch should reward him handsomely in points when he catches this demon.

Mawang leaves abruptly, and Patriarch notes that the mere mention of Iron Fan turned his mood immediately. He requests more tea from Secretary Ma, only to be told, “There is none. I don’t want to give you any. Please go.”

Presidential candidate Kang Dae-sung meets with his two hit men regarding their failure to complete the job. He has pictures of Buja alive and well, and notes that she’s lost her memory and is a trainee at Lucifer. The hit men apologize for not telling him earlier that they lost the corpse, but Kang tells them pleasantly that it was just an error and that they’ll have no need to see each other again.

The hit men leave feeling relieved that Kang didn’t react worse, but the leader suggests that they lie low for the moment, feeling uneasy.

His instinct is accurate, because after they leave, Kang tells his secretary to make certain that he’ll never see the men again. *meaningful tone*

Kang thinks back to hitting Buja while driving drunk; he’d thought she died on the spot, but figures maybe he was wrong. He decides he’ll have to see her again.

Oh-gong complains to find Buja relaxing in his (empty) bathtub, and when she refuses to leave, he threatens to turn on the hot water and cook her like soup. She jumps up and says that his meanness is why Sun-mi doesn’t like him—and she knows this because she was woken up by Sun-mi’s blood, giving them a connection. Oh-gong asks if that means she knows how Sun-mi feels, and Buja says she thinks so.

So Oh-gong has her stare at him and tell him what she thinks. She comments that he’s good-looking, but he waves that aside, saying, “I know. But I don’t want to know what you think, what does Sam-jang think?”

Buja resumes staring, and after a few moments, Oh-gong guesses she has no idea. He sits her back down in the tub and makes like he’s going to turn on the hot water, but Buja stops him short by saying that Sun-mi does like him—she can just tell. Oh-gong sighs that she’s just saying that to get out of punishment, but leaves her to relax in his tub.

Outside, Oh-gong tells Mawang to use the other shower since the zombie’s sleeping in the tub, and Mawang complains about the inconvenience. They bicker back and forth about whose fault it was for taking her in, which ends with Mawang saying that he’s not the type to abandon someone just because they’re annoying, unlike Oh-gong.

Oh-gong fires back, “Is that so? Then why did someone with such a strong sense of responsibility let that happen to Princess Iron Fan?” Mawang freezes at that, his eyes filling with hurt, and Oh-gong seems to regret his outburst.

Mawang retreats to his bar, and as Oh-gong retreats to his lair to sit among his bottles of liquor, he sighs that he shouldn’t have mentioned Iron Fan.

Oh-gong returns to Mawang’s bar and gives him a bottle of liquor, pouring him a glass and trying to lighten the mood. Mawang tells him somberly that if he’s sorry, Oh-gong can help him amass points so he can gain immortal status faster.

He adds that Iron Fan wasn’t demonic, but an immortal herself: “I’m the one who made her a monster demon. In meeting me, her fate changed.” When Oh-gong notes how unlucky that was for her, Mawang points out that there’s another woman like that—because it was in meeting Oh-gong that Sun-mi’s fate changed. She wanted to live a normal human life, but he made that impossible: “So you have no cause to sneer at me. You’re a really bad jerk too. Reflect on that.”

In thanks for watching his kids, Han-joo gives Sun-mi a voucher for a restaurant. She says she’s envious of his normal family outings like eating together, and although he thinks it’s nothing special, she says that kind of thing is difficult for her. He tells her to invite someone to eat together and offers to make the call.

But as he’s scrolling through his phone for Jonathan’s number, Oh-gong appears. Han-joo stammers defensively that there’s no need to glare so hard at him just because he was going to call Jonathan, but Oh-gong is more interested in finding out why Sun-mi would feel envious of his ordinary life.

Han-joo asks if Oh-gong is also envious of his ordinariness, and when Oh-gong emphatically says no, he points out that Oh-gong should let go of Sun-mi because he’ll never be able to make her happy.

At lunch, Sun-mi anticipates that their ddukbokki will be spicy, then comments how nice it is to sit here with him talking of things that aren’t demon-related. He encourages her to talk more, and instructs her to eat the whole plate so he can get the less spicy version. Confused, she asks why, so he says that he’s capable of magically swapping their dish with someone else’s, but that’s not very “ordinary” of him. So they’d better do it the normal way and just eat it. Ha.

After lunch is a leisurely walk (“like ordinary people do”), and then Oh-gong looks around and adopts an “even more ordinary” pose: smartphone out, head down. LOL. Sun-mi does the same, and Oh-gong takes her hand in his and tucks it into his coat pocket.

After their date, Oh-gong takes her home and asks her to pick which “ordinary relationship” finishes off the night: A friend would stay and hang out, a family member would stay to eat, and a lover would sleep over. Sun-mi stammers that he’s trying another trick, and he readily admits to it. But he adds that all this has made him wonder what they would be to each other without the bracelet’s enforced master-servant dynamic.

Once she’s no longer the monk Sam-jang, she would have no reason to call him, and he’d have no reason to stay—would she be okay with that? Face stricken, Sun-mi thinks over his words, and doesn’t stop him when he goes. They’re both left wondering how they’d feel about that, unsure of the answer.

Sun-mi goes to Summer Fairy’s bar and asks if it’s truly impossible for a human and a monster to be a fated match. She’s put out at Fairy’s quick answer that it’s never happened before, and counters that she heard of it happening once. Sun-mi says vaguely that she heard that the Samshin Grandma connected a couple like that, and that a love bell was involved.

Summer Fairy wonders if Samshin Grandma made a mistake, but concedes that even if it was in error, a fated connection that has been made can’t be revoked. That eases Sun-mi’s mind and puts a smile on her face, though I notice Fairy looks concerned at her response.

In a dark playground, a little boy huddles to himself, whimpering in hunger. Suddenly a voice narrates, “The hungry child was surprised to discover crackers appearing before his eyes.” A package of crackers materializes in front of him, then another, and the boy follows the trail of glowing crackers.

In the library, our child-stealing demon reads Hansel and Gretel. A short while later, police officers cordon off the playground while curious bystanders murmur of a death. The book demon returns Hansel and Gretel to her bookcase, saying, “You’ll be happy here.”

But her smile fades when she sees a book open on her desk—it’s the book about the golden rope, and she realizes that the child has escaped, perhaps driven to reunite with her brother.

That brother cries at home, clutching the funeral photograph of his little sister. She appears as a ghost by his side, sitting sadly but not able to communicate.

The next day, Mawang tells Patriarch that he will find the child-stealing demon, but requests to know where Iron Fan is in this lifetime, even if he isn’t able to intervene in her life. Maddeningly, Patriarch merely tells him to become an immortal so he can know the doings of humans. Ha, then Secretary Ma takes back the plate of macarons he’s eating, and Mawang slides his coffee cup away. Patriarch dismissed.

Frosty has graduated from ice cream stand to shop, and scoops a cone for his very first guest—the girl ghost who escaped from the book. But the girl just vanishes, and Frosty thinks of the child-stealing demon on the loose.

He decides to tell Oh-gong about it, and leads him to a bridge where wandering ghosts are known to gather. Among the spirits lurking underneath it is the little girl, huddled to herself. Frosty tries to get her to talk, but she remains silent.

Then Oh-gong asks if she likes dinosaurs and wants to see a brontosaurus, and the girl nods. Ha, that’s what works?

Sun-mi watches over Han-joo’s kids again and hears that their school friend supposedly rode a golden rope into the sky, according to her brother. Sun-mi gets a bad feeling about it, and hears about the case when she’s called to meet Mawang. But he says Oh-gong is already on it and has called her on a different task, eager to gain more points.

Sun-mi hesitantly asks about removing the bracelet now, suggesting that she and Oh-gong may have a different fate than the master-servant one forced by the bracelet. Mawang firmly disagrees, reminding her of the premonition jar. She asks how he’s so certain that their fortune is a bad one, and he replies, “Because the one who changed your fate was Sohn Oh-gong.”

It’s now that he reveals that she was given Sam-jang’s fate as punishment for releasing Oh-gong. She starts to protest, but then recalls how Oh-gong told her as a child that she would be punished somehow for helping him. Mawang tells her to confirm this with Oh-gong directly.

She calls Oh-gong’s name, bringing him to her side, and asks if it’s true. Tears fill her eyes as he confirms it, and she says accusingly that if he never came into her life, she wouldn’t have become Sam-jang. “I should never have met you,” Sun-mi says.

PK gives Buja another energy ball to eat (stolen from Mawang, hee), noting that her eyes seem to be deteriorating more. She remarks on how nice he is to her, and he reminds her that he named her, and also keeps feeding her. She asks if that makes her his underling, and PK thinks it over, deciding he’d rather make her his dongsaeng.

Buja waits in the broadcast station cafe while PK is at a shoot, and is approached by Kang Dae-sung, who greets her warmly. She hasn’t recalled that he was her killer and agrees to let him wait with her, not noticing how intently he watches her.

Sun-mi returns to her empty office that night, crushed by the latest revelation. She cries, feeling pathetic.

The little boy who lost his sister huddles to himself in a dark room, when suddenly a box nearby starts to glow. He picks it up and finds it filled with matches—and in her library, the soul-collecting demon opens up The Little Match Girl and begins to read.

The boy strikes a match, and just like in the book, a table of sweets appears before him. He strikes another match—and this time, his little sister appears. He cries to go with her and tosses aside that match to reach for a third, only to have it set fire to a piece of paper.

The boy just sits there watching it burn, until suddenly a foot stomps on the flames, putting out the budding fire. It’s Sun-mi, and as the boy reaches for another match, she gathers him into a hug and tells him he can’t leave.

“I’ll have to read a different fairy tale,” the book demon says behind her, materializing in the dark. Sun-mi hands her phone to the boy, telling him to call Han-joo for help and sending him away. Then she faces the demon and demands to know who she is and why she’s stealing children’s souls.

The demon calls herself a bookseller who reads happy books to children and lets unhappy kids live in happy fairy tales.

Led by the little girl ghost, Oh-gong and Frosty come to a wall of books in the demon’s library. Frosty suggests calling Sun-mi to help, but Oh-gong is reluctant to, knowing she’s still smarting over being Sam-jang in the first place.

The demon corrects Sun-mi, saying that she didn’t steal the children—they called her, praying for her to take them away. “You know well enough, Sun-mi,” she says. “You called for me too. You were such an unhappy child, I could see it right away.”

Startled at the memory, Sun-mi turns to see her childhood self huddled next to her. The demon offers to take the unhappy child away—removing Sun-mi’s special abilities in the process—saying that it would take away her pain.

Sun-mi recalls the bullying and loneliness she faced as a child, tempted by that offer. She asks if the demon really could do that, and the demon replies that she has selected a book just for her. She opens the book, and Child Sun-mi walks over toward the glowing light…

Adult Sun-mi’s eyes fall closed, and she starts to topple over.

Across town, Buja keels over as well, falling unconscious against Kang Dae-sung.

Mawang senses a disturbance that puts him on alert. He can no longer sense the single drop of Sun-mi’s blood in his body: “Sam-jang has disappeared.”

As Frosty flips through books looking for signs of children, Oh-gong hears his name being called from his bracelet, but it isn’t Sun-mi. “Something is seriously wrong,” he says, looking troubled.

The bookseller demon puts her latest book back on the shelf, which gleams with (presumably) Sun-mi’s soul.

Oh-gong wanders the aisles of the library until he comes upon the demon at her desk. “Where’s Sam-jang?” he demands.

Mawang and Secretary Ma come upon Sun-mi, collapsed where she fell. “It’s Sam-jang,” Secretary Ma says. But Mawang replies, “This woman is no longer Sam-jang.”

The demon says that she was the one who called Oh-gong: “I am the new master of the bracelet.”

 
COMMENTS

Ooh, plot twist! I’ve been waiting for something like this, because I was getting a tiny bit impatient with the Sad Sun-mi storyline of falling in love with someone whose love isn’t real. It’s a great arc, to be sure, but I’ve been ready for it to move somewhere, and now I’m tickled that it has moved so much so quickly.

So, Sun-mi is no longer Sam-jang, and the bracelet has a new master? I love all the opportunities this opens up for us, and have a ton of questions impatiently awaiting answers: If Sun-mi’s “soul” has been captured in the book, what happens when her soul is returned—does the Sam-jang fate come back too? Or is that no longer how it works, because the book demon is the new “owner” of that bracelet? Is the demon now the monk? (Is that even possible?)

And, of course, the big one: If Sun-mi is just a normal human now, will Monkey still love her? I imagine that the bracelet will force him to feel love for the book demon, but will that be different from what he felt for Sun-mi? So many ways for this story to go, and I’m really happy that I don’t know which way it’ll go.

I just hope this twist isn’t resolved too quickly, because I think it’s an opportunity to explore some really interesting dynamics, and I’m all for that. For instance, we’re seeing Oh-gong start to show flashes of compassion and sympathy that have nothing to do with his bracelet compelling him—he felt genuinely bad for lashing out at Mawang about something he knew would hurt him, and then also tried to make up for it. Somewhat clunkily, sure, but Monkey gave up a prized bottle of liquor—that means something! And as annoyed as he acts with Buja, his complaints seem to be mostly bluster with her, and even his blustering is losing its edge. So I think we can say that even despite hundreds of years of being mostly a self-absorbed jerk, Monkey has the capacity to be a better person (er, monster-spirit-immortal). When he wants to. If he feels like it.

Most of all, I’m looking forward to seeing what this means for Sun-mi. She may be trapped at the moment, but I’m sure she’ll be released soon enough, and then what? Will she get her taste of true ordinariness? Will she get to experience all the things she’s longed for, or will she find it’s not quite all she thought it would be?

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It's always one step forward, two steps back with them. Still, I feel I'm starting to really feel that Oh Gong and Sun-mi care for each other now. Up till, ep 7, it was pretty difficult to differentiate between the Geumgango. But, something in Oh Gong's demeanor has changed. He seems so much more sincere now.

Regarding the soul eating monster, I think this is the Hong Sister's way of getting Oh Gong's and Sun Mi's feelings out in the open since it's pretty clear at the moment that they're not too keen on opening up by themselves. It'll hopefully help both of them realize that geumgango isn’t the limit; Oh Gong's feelings go much, much deeper. I also don't think the bookseller monster is truly able to control Oh Gong. Oh Gong's feelings had to be initially activated with Sun Mi via a kiss. So unless something like that happens with the bookseller lady, I doubt he'll feel anything for her let alone do her bidding. The previews showed Oh Gong pushing "Sun Mi" aside in that bookshop setting while she was trying to kiss him. I think that might actually be the bookseller lady in Sun Mi's form trying to trick Oh Gong into kissing him and activating the geumgango. I'm really excited to find out Sun Mi's part of the story in all this though.

In a way, this relationship feels so unhealthy for both of them, which might be essentially what the death bell is all about. How many times has Sun Mi almost done something to endanger herself after feeling upset with Oh Gong? There was the time with the haircutting monster, this bookseller lady, and other occurrences perhaps? That along with the barbed words that they throw at each other, and Oh Gong's declarations of love that felt so insincere up till ep 7 all adds up to an unhealthy relationship between the two. I also wonder if the death bell is the heaven's way of keeping them apart again. The point manager guy should have realized by now that their true feelings are starting to surface, and so, maybe the "death bell's" disappearance was on purpose. The peddler randomly selling items on the street RIGHT by Sun Mi feels like too much of a coincidence.

Oh, and is it just me or is Oh Gong beckoning Sun Mi with a finger just the hottest thing in this show?

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I take the same view as you about JSM kiss activated the Geumganggo. So it’s slightest change the owner can be replace that easily.

We still don’t know the reason why that witch want to control SOG. But we can see that SOG still not 100% been control by that witch.

That scenes when SOG push JSM away broke my heart. But when I read you comment that mention maybe that witch disguise as JSM so that SOG kiss her might be true. She wanna fully control SOG by doing that. But because as we might know, the real love already bloom in his heart so SOG can’t be easily been manipulate like that I guess.

P/s: Secretary Ma I wish you can kill that witch. Lol

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But we ready have sort of a proof, that she is no longer Samjang. Buja collapsed, Mawang senses the change in Sun-mi. At this point would the bracelet being activated change that much?

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I like your theory that someone was making sure that SM got that death bell and they're going to use it to keep SM and SOG apart. It's going to be awkward once they realize it's the death bell and SOG is fated to kill SM. SM will be like "didn't we establish that after I fulfilled my mission, there would be no reason to kill me anymore...?? like what the heck, man?! "

In episode 8, it seemed like the death bell was just something that warns you. But in this episode, SOG says it's unlucky. So yikes!

And I totally agree about SOG beckoning SM - very hot!

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I interpreted the death bell to mean it would sound when you meet a person with whom you share a deadly fate. Specifically that one of you will kill the other, not that whoever you meet while holding the bell is the one who will kill you. So perhaps it meant that She would be the one to bring about Oh Son Gong’s death...

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That picture, I love how Oh Gong start to show his care and feeling toward SunMi. Can't wait the next ep....
**how can a show made my heart feeling confuse like i'm falling in love with a man? Sigh....

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Please.. a happy ending for Son Oh Gong❤️Jin Sun Mi.. please writer-nim..

Every weekend my emotions is like a rollercoaster because of this drama. When I think their relationship will turn into a good way, suddenly something bad happen/occur.

Why you give hope that there is something there between them but then again, it’s just some tricks to play with our heart. Gosh I’m so angry.

But then again, I wish with all this obstacles you throw at them, please.. please.. please.. make them a happy ending.

And if it was possible, please a happy ending for PK❤️Buja. Oh also Mawang❤️Princes Iron Fan.

I know I’m asking too much. But what do you expect when I’m addicted to this drama. Anyway, finger crossed.

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Did Oh-Gong just propose?? Boii! "He'll accept her as many times as she comes to him" Byee. It's not fair that he's so smooth when he wants to be. and Sun-Mi telling the little girl Oh-Gong already has someone HAHAHA, claiming her man in front of a kid.
Secretary Ma and Ma-Wang are such a great team lol, and Patriarch getting no food.
But Ma-Wang's wife ate children's souls? Ummm that doesn't sound very happy :( .
I can totally understand Sun- Mi's agitation and hurt at finding out she has Sam-Jang's fate only because of Oh-Gong. Especially because she was starting to trust in him beyond the bracelet.
and my heart broke when that new demon told Sun-Mi " You called for me too". T_T. I wonder if that was after she released Oh-Gong or before?

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When he said he'd accept her however many times... I swooned. No kidding. Monkey's smooth as heck! I died when Sun-mi jealously told off Han-byul that she COULD NOT MARRY Mr Son.

I kind of screamed when the ghost-bride appeared though... I wasn't expecting it to NOT be a dream sequence LOL.

Actually, I do wonder why Iron Fan ate souls. I don't recall that in the original story (could be my memory). Then again, they are all "demons" so I feel like it's... understandable? :/ Idk, it's kind of like... maybe double standards? Like how do I feel about SOG who was actually a troublemaking monkey punished by the heavens (ooo swoony) vs. a random demon that gets vanquished (yucks), LOL.

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And Han Joo was weirded out about how serious and insistent Sun-Mi was about warning the girl off - like the kindergartener was some serious romantic rival!

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Well, the Monkey is immortal. He would just have to wait until she became an adult similar to how he met Sun-Mi again. It was a funny take on how children say who they want to marry when they grow up.

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Holy crap! That is so true! Han Joo will probably die of shock if Hanbyul tries to marry SOG 20 years from now.

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@ar hahaha, it makes sense though in a way. Because Sun-Mi herself was a little girl when she met Oh-gong lol.

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Oh, and I want to see Han-Joo's shock if that ever happens. It'll be hilarious no doubt.

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@lezah I swooned right there with you! and OMG Sun-mi warning the little girl away was hilarious, but I felt so embarrassed for her when Han-Joo was like why are you scolding the kid so seriously LOL.
Me too!! I got so excited about the wedding it totally slipped my mind it was probably to capture a spirit hahaha, but I still want to know how that led to being a wedding, I mean..

I wonder what led her to eat souls as well. especially if it were children souls *shivers*. Yeah, I feel you. I do keep forgetting they're all demons as well.

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I would say she called her after her grandma died. She was happy that she had her before.

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That's what I was thinking too. I was just wondering if that was before or after she met Oh- Gong and Ma-Wang though. Because if it was after she met Oh-Gong than it could also possibly be because she felt abandoned again at not being able to call Oh-Gong to protect her.

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I disagree with Mawang that it was completely SOG's fault that SM couldn't become a normal human. She was already seeing ghosts. It's just that SOG made things like 10 times worse than it already was- like now she has to be careful about sheddign blood and demons bite her. SOG is callous and I'm usually on SM and MW's side, but it's unfair to say that Sunmi would have had a completely normal life without SOG. Unless fate had already determined that SM would meet SOG and turn into Samjang, so fate gave her the ghost-seeing ability to kickstart the sequence of events. She wouldn't have met SOG if she hadn't been dogged by a ghost and encounter MW and his umbrella (which I think should have been given to her anyways for trying to get the fan and then getting cursed in return...MW, you didn't even try to look for SM when she didn't come back with the fan??? What is SOG had eaten her and washed her down with juice??)

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I also think Mawang shouldn’t be acting so high and mighty because he shares blame in Samjang’s fate. He shouldn’t have sent her there in the first place to get that fan.

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I agree with you. Sun-Mi was already seeing ghosts (now I'm wondering why she was always able to see them, I don't remember if they stated why in the drama) even before she met Ma-wang and freed Oh-Gong. Ooh now that I think about it what you said is so true!! Ma-Wang didn't try looking for Sun-Mi at all either!

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yeah I was so annoyed when he said like he has nothing to do with it. Truth is, the sequence started when she met Ma Wang. He used her to get the fan.

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THIS!!! Every time MaWang blames OhGong, I'm like naw bruh...it's your fault. She wouldn't have been in there if you hadn't sent her. MaWang started the whole thing.

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"she heard that the Samshin Grandma connected a couple like that, and that a love bell was involved."
Could this be the love between a certain Gumiho and a certain human called Dae-woong?

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I love that thought. You must be right, because there wasn't any hint for another mixedraced couple. So shall we take it as a sign, that everything will turn out alright?

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While watching, I interpreted that as Sun Mi talking about herself being connected to Oh Gong by the "love bell" (which we all know is the death bell)

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Finally! After refreshing like crazy. Thanks Javabeans :-)

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waited hours for the recap . there is so much potential from how things are headed now . i still havn’t watched with subtitles so i really can’t comment much . things are moving so fast and about time too. waiting for their kiss tonight . and i will fight anyone who says sunmi don’t have priorities straight or she ‘s just naive . it’s a miracle she’s standing on her feet after all the crap she went through her entire life . now heaven have signald out her to safe the world , be sacrificed , gave ggg so she won’t really know wether man she loves really loves her or not , and the death bell of doom to signal that the said man will kill her or she will kill him. so please let’s cut sunmi some slack

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Is being naive such a terrible thing, especially when we're dealing with a lot of moving parts and not even our magical beings have the answers? SM's resourceful enough!

I really wish the writers would cut Sunmi some slack! I felt sort of offended today when I realized that Jonathan and Han Joo are closer than HJ and SM. HJ's kids call him Uncle Jonathan! Like you just met him 2 episodes ago, HJ!

I feel for Sunmi. There are so many times when her character makes me feel depressed and anxious. All her "happy" moments are all tinged with uncertainty and loneliness. It's a double-edged sword. A lot of "this is a happy moment, BUT!!". It can be emotionally draining. The humor does have alleviate it.

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That proposal ! So-swoon Oh Gong!

The wedding felt so real and Ma Wang was at his best with his over the top when playing the piano.

Secretary Ma is so much savage! With the macaroons and drinks.

Gosh what with the exclamation marks I am using.

There was a saying that what we wants maybe not the best for us and I guess that it is with SOG and SM. Their fate seems to be messy and I am sad for both of them.

SM was shunned by people surrounding her because of her abilities. Being punished for releasing SOG. Who can blame her when she wants a normal and ordinary life?

SOG was betrayed by human and punished to be in solitary for how many hundreds years. He was bad, mean and jerk but he shows another level of compassionate and understanding if the situation arise. Look at the conversation between him and MW. And he does give his most prized liquor wish for SM to meet her grandma.

What if he isn’t that bad and actually a good soul?

By this time, I will be sad to know BJ will disappear as SM isn’t SJ and as she was related by blood, it’s not impossible for PK to go and does something far for BJ.

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The whole wedding scene was hillarious. My first thought was 'What the heck?' ans then the ghost appeared. Bashful Sun-mi was so cute in that wedding dress. And Oh-gong supporting her choice of dress, simple nd sweet.

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I can’t stop myself from replaying the wedding scene. I meant that SM can wear wedding dress from any other era and quoting SOG words that compliment SM choice. Don’t forget how SOG said that he accepts SM for how many times and boy that was hella smooth swoon worthy, just take my heart ❤️❤️❤️!

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Ummm,few questions.
1. Is the boy dead or not?? People were talking about a death and it's implied that he was concealed in Hansel and Gretel book, but later we're shown him back at mortal world.
2. What really happens when the soul is summoned away? Do they die? Or become empty shells without souls in a comatose? If they die, just the term "soul-eating monster" sure is whitewashing, why don't you straight up call the demon a murderer!!!! Now, Arang explained a similar condition perfectly as that there are people dead, but grim reapers failed to find their souls. Here they only say: "children's souls are reported missing!" What about the actual children?
Also Sun-mi wouldn't comply if the stakes were as high as death right? It seemed like demon offered to take away her sort-of childhood "avatar", so did Sun-mi collapsed as just a temporary side effect? Will she wakes up,minus her childhood memories and powers she gained as a child??
3. Right now, the demon doesn't sound demonic to me. She doesn't eat but just let the children's souls live in fairytales right?
4. I wonder who are the Samshin granny's couple,hmmm?? If it was a meta, JB would've explained it in the recap right of the bat. But it's too obvious to not to be meta too!
5. Is that Lee So-yeon as the demon?
6. How many of us have wished to live inside our favorite fairytales...but Kdramas always seem to smirk on your face "it isn't what it seems,babe"! *welp*

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I think it's a different boy? The one who ate the crackers vs the little girl's brother, if I'm not wrong. The demon preys on little children who have broken minds/are living in bad conditions, so the idea of a fairytale paradise appeals to them and they willingly go to her.

Assumably, a person can't live without a soul, so I'd think that by consuming their souls/capturing the souls to the books, the children die... which is why the abused boy's sister died and so did the little boy in the playground.

Just curious though - why is it whitewashing? I think it's just a matter of semantics that she's called a "soul-eating demon" just like how Mawang is "a bull demon" and SOG is a "monkey demon". She sucks souls, and therefore... is a "soul-eating demon". I guess calling her a "murderer demon" would make no sense since probably a lot of evil demons do similar things (Eg. in the original Journey to the West, there were spider demons who ensnared men and presumably sucked their life force from them etc.).

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I agree with lezah, it's the brother of the golden rope girl.
How devastated he must have been to choose to follow his sister by using The little match girl? How sad.

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A Little Match Girl reference alone is enough to tear me up,anytime.
As a child,I cried so much after watching a mini drama based on the story on tv. It's one of the most saddest and devastating stories I've heard of.

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I agree. I liked it as a child who doesn´t understand the concept of death enough. But it is such a sad fairy-tale, Andersen was a master of them.

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Oooh! Thanks for explaining the cracker vs brother boy problem. Silly me😃.
Hehe, I too see that it looks really stupid when you put it like that. But what I really meant was that nobody was talking about dying and it confused me, not to mention that a body can't survive without a soul. I mean, eventhe demon said that the process would remove Sun-mi's unhappiness and memories and Sun-mi was tempted...She won't be that tempted if she knew she'll die right? Or the demon was talking with metaphors and figurative speech, and Sun-mi got deceived/didn't understand the cost.
Or I messed up the whole thing.😁 (I'm relying on the recap)
Besides, how can Sun-mi see her own soul while she's alive, unless it's just the sad,childhood consciousness/part/avatar of herself??
( I'm sounding ridiculous,I know 😅)

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I'm thinking the demon sort of played with SM's emotions + maybe some sort of hypnotism? Wild guesses on my part too haha seeing as this is a fantasy genre! I guess now that SM is already an adult, she probably didn't think that removing her child's soul would cause her harm. Totally open to interpretation! (:

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My guess is that Sun Mi still owns the GGG but because she is comatose and under the control of the demon, the demon then controls OG through SM.

Interesting development but some questions pop up. For one, episode 1 shows SM with her abilities before she meets MW (that's when she asks for his staff which was much more impressive than the yellow umbrella she brandishes) and subsequently OG. so even if she hadn't met OG and deceased him from the Mountain, she still wouldn't be an ordinary person. Not sure if this is intended or if it's a loophole in the plot.

And wouldn't the Patriarch and the rest of the immortals have foreseen the possible complications if a demon were to somehow control SM and therefore OG? After all, they still talk/gossip/gasp over his terrible behaviour when he was able to roam in Paradise. For me, it strengthens my suspicion that the final standoff is between OG and a possessed SM who removes the GGG before the possession is complete, therefore opening the way to the final painful choice for OG. A bit of Goblin (sword pulling dilemma) redux. But again, hard to tell for a Hong sisters drama 😂

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I also thought it was weird that they acted like SM would have been completely normal without freeing SOG. I know that the added Samjang status made her life even worse than it already was. I do wonder if a fate with SOG meant that she had to have the ghost-seeing abilities in the first place or the whole sequence of events in episode 1 couldn't have happened?

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I don't really like sun mi' character now. She just seems really sad. Granted, it's due to her love for Oh gong. But, I just wish that her feelings/ actions are not all in correlation to Oh gong. I'm not sure if I'm explaining this well.

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I actually think she’s alway been sad and recently she has been perkier

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I agree! But it's also doubly sad that her perky is still sad... I'm not the hugging type, but I want to give Sunmi a hug.

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I actually found Seon Mi's character to be weak in this episode- she has always been sad but had a tough and spunky side to her. Now she actually has more friends than she has ever before (granted they are demons....) and a Hot-as-heck Monkey by her side (granted, he is somewhat forced to be by her side) and yet, she somehow suddenly decided to hate her life so much that she gave in to that book reading demon? All because she suddenly had the revelation that Oh Gong is not her Soul Mate?

I think her character deserves much more than to have made that decision. If she didnt give in as a child, why should she do so when she's been such a kick ass adult up to now?

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I think she was feeling particularly hopeless in this instance. It’s human nature, our emotions fluctuate.

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True, but I just felt it felt a bit out of character, even though I can see why it was done, to bring in the Twist, which was great for the plot and to test out Oh Gong's feelings for her. But I couldn't help but feel it felt a bit out of place and sudden. I don't like it when previously tough girls suddenly cave in and need to be rescued. But I do still love her as a whole, and I think based on the preview she will redeem herself tml, so it's probably all good :)

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I don’t think it’s a case of her giving in- I think it’s the overwhelming pain she has felt throughout her light just culminated in one burst of pain and caused her to give in to it. I see your point! But my interpretation is different. I tried to see it from her point and sometimes the pain so too much and the temptation to stop being strong is too much

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@michykdrama,

I'm also confused and dismayed by Sun-mi's losing her mojo, especially after reconnecting with old friend Jonathan, who is nuts about her. (He seems to have gone poof! Will we see more of him? I can't believe that his rivalry with Monkey could possibly be over already.)

All I can think is that Sun-mi had no idea that her being tricked into releasing Monkey when she was a child would lead to such a hard life. It's so darned unfair. As other Beanies have stated, it was originally Mawang who put her up to swiping Princess Iron Fan from Monkey. If anyone is to blame for triggering that whole sorry chain of events, it's the Bull. (And he's full of himself!).

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Lolol! While pretty, that wedding dress was way too traditional!
P.S. : Frosty's scruff showing on Summer fairy's face is becoming a.w.k.w.a.r.d. ;-)

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I feel it’s so in character Sun Mi would choose an old fashioned wedding dress ;) that whole scene was hilarious ~

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Mawang is convinced she picked that dress on purpose because she didn't care how she looked. But I'm convinced that she really did think that dress was pretty! If SM gets married one day, I hope Mawang will keep to his words and pick out her wedding dress.

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@asianromance,

Mawang may be the Bull Demon God, but he is clueless. All his taste is in his mouth. Hrumpf!

I agree with you. Sun-mi picked it because she thought it looked pretty. Like something out of a fairy tale. If you stop to think about it, during all the major life passages, ceremonies hark back to earlier times, and that includes the formal attire people wear for them. Why else do we see so many Korean brides and grooms and their families wearing hanbok?

At the very least, she was going for an authentic disguise, "something old" and borrowed, if not "something new" and blue. ;-)

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Hey watch it! I have one like that in my closet 😂 #26yearsagoinJune

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Hahaha, I did NOT say that I do not like traditional things! ;-)

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@peony,

Aw, I thought Sun-mi looked great. Her dress is a toned-down version of what Princess Di wore when she married Prince Charles. I still have the 1989 Jessica McClintock I got married in that September when the weather was still warm. Tea-length, white lace over peach matte fabric, with puffed, elbow-length sleeves, princess bodice, and v-waist. $175 off the rack. One of my friends who was a tailor did the alterations. This is similar, but mine's spiffier. https://www.etsy.com/listing/262004077/vintage-gunne-sax-dress-pink-with-white?ref=search_recently_viewed-2). It is modest, but accentuates one's curves while leaving something to the imagination. Back then, everyone (aside from Dolly Parton) was busy looking emaciated. Or wore suits with shoulder pads that would have done the Green Bay Packers proud. One advantage of this style: you never have to worry about the possibility of a wardrobe malfunction. Or a demon-induced disaster. ;-)

I agree about Summer Fairy's 5 o'clock shadow. It's one of the downsides of time-sharing a body. ;-)

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Awwwww, @pakalanapikake
Now I'm feeling so bad lol. I've offended TWO might've-been-gorgeous-brides!!!!
Hey, I sincerely LOVE old fashion and sometimes even try to add some of the adorable designs to my day-to-day ware. It's just...yunno..I typed away what came to my mind because...you too might've felt it,while pretty, the dress seemed, uh,not-modern. :-)
(I'm sounding incoherent and stupid right? English isn't my mother language.)
I've been busy watching, then crying over Age of Youth for the past two days,absent here and that's why I'm only seeing your reply now. And wow, didn't you bombarded me with a breathtaking image of you walking down the aisle, wearing a "spiffier" version of the dress you showed me, pretty-fied by your tailor friend, in summer. And Peach is one of my most favorite colors too! No really, Ms.Pakalanapikake. Thank you for the beautiful imagery. You must've been a treat to the eyes watching you!

P.s.- I know about shoulder-pads! They're so comforting.
P.s.2- LOL ing at the 5 o'clock shadow.( I had to Google search ;-) )

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@peony,

Aw, heck! Don't feel bad! I've been marching to my own drummer for ages. I ignore fashion trends and color trends and wear what looks good on me. I've gravitated to "classic" looks because they have a certain timelessness -- or antique flavor.

When I see some of the tacky dresses worn by certain bridezillas, all I can think is "What are your kids and grandkids going to think when they see your wedding pictures?"

FWIW, I had no idea that English is not your native language until I went back and took a closer look. Honest. You're doing a fantastic job of expressing incoherence in a foreign language, BTW. I could never do it that well in German. I'd simply revert to English. I mean that in all sincerity. Give yourself a pat on the back. ;-)

"5 o'clock shadow" is likely an Americanism. It refers to the growth of beard that becomes visible late in the workday on otherwise clean-shaven men. With so many dudes cultivating the perpetually scruffy look that Don Johnson of MIAMI VICE popularized, it's now a "24/7/365 shadow."

Thanks for your kind words re: my wedding dress. If I do say so, it looked great, and I felt like a million dollars when I wore it. I refused to pay a boatload of cash for a dress I'd wear only once. That's just nuts. Nowadays that US$175 dress would cost US$359. Which is still a drop in the bucket compared to a fancy schmancy designer wedding gown. ;-)

PS: I hope you've recovered from AGE OF YOUTH. ;-)

See you in the HWAYUGI recaps. ;-)

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"You're doing a fantastic job of expressing incoherence in a foreign language, BTW. " Was it a joke😆? ( Thanks so much for the encouragement!)

"When I see some of the tacky dresses worn by certain bridezillas, all I can think is "What are your kids and grandkids going to think when they see your wedding pictures?" " SO TRUE.

And haha, recovering from AOY isn't going to be easy as it sounds,at least for the next 2 months, what's with Woohoo Waikiki weekly putting salt on the wound. And I too,stupidly and GLADLY will attend the weekly recap sessions despite not watching the actual show neither having much interest in it, because yunno, #AOYwithdrawalsymptoms!! 😅😐

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@Peony February 10, 2018 at 12:15 AM

"You're doing a fantastic job of expressing incoherence in a foreign language, BTW. " Was it a joke😆? ( Thanks so much for the encouragement!)

I meant it in all sincerity. You sounded truly flabbergasted, but your English was great. Way better than my German would have been. Please take it as a compliment. ;-)

Here's hoping you get over your AGE OF YOUTH withdrawal sooner rather than later. Does it help to rewatch? Hwaiting!

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Thank you!!! It means soo much to me. I pray that one day I will get to hear good things about my spoken English too,hehe. Because I'm a grammar person, I always end up thinking about the accuracy of my sentences while speaking and it usually results in a horrible mess.
Rewatching NEVER helps and does the opposite, at least to me, haha.

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Finally registered just to comment because I love this drama so much (bought myself a Son Yuk Gong and have been hugging him to sleep each night). I have never felt impatient about "sad Sun-mi storyline of falling in love with someone whose love isn’t real" because you can really see the emotional ups and downs when you're insecure about someone's love for you. When Han-Joo said that SOG would never be able to make Sun-Mi happy and he should let her go, SOG looked genuinely distraught. Really hoping he can have the chance to prove that he really cares about SM.

And Sun-mi's feelings for SOG is so child-like and innocent - OYS is smashing this role IMO (she was crazyyyyy in her other roles). I actually don't know why SOG doubts her feelings for him, she is SO obvious. It's like every non-human's love radar is crooked on this show.

Really liking the conversations between MW & SOG because their harsh words to each other hits straight home and things aren't ever left unresolved or brooding. We can see the character development immediately.

I'm hoping the show still keeps it's light and funny moments (Goblin got too serious, sorry fans). I'm going to be so sad once this is all over.

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The non humans are so bad at guessing emotions, while all the humans know Sun Mi is in love with Oh Gong. It’s so obvious.

I do appreciate the assistant Han Joo wanting the best for Sun Mi, but I wonder his interaction with Oh Gong last episode (when he cried and Oh Gong cheered him up) didn’t change his opinion of Oh Gong at all.

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I think it did, butttttt he feels JSM and SOG won’t be good together even if he’s a better guy now

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Yeah I was hoping Han Joo would want to be Team Monkey after last episode, but I did find it hilarious that he got caught about to call Jonathan. But it does speak to the fact that he's loyal to Sun Mi no matter how much he complains because Han Joo can see Jonathan is a better match in his point of view.

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Also Jonathan must be like his best bud now. His kids know "Uncle Jonathan"! I'm guessing Jonathan must come over for dinner sometimes. Of course he's going to set his boss up with a trusted friend and not some irresponsible bodyguard/secretary!

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I'm digging the bromance that is unfolding between the faithful Han Joo and Jonathan. What a pair!

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You bought Son Yuk Gong. That is where my thought chain stopped.

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I really want a Son Yuk Gong too lol

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Where did you buy a Son Yuk Gong

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Where did you find a monkey king doll like the one in the show??

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@ For those wondering, I bought official one off ebay at a slight premium price, and a fake bigger one from Taobao a chinese shopping site. I had a relative buy the one in china for me but im 100% sure it ships overseas.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

But also: YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

So many possibilities! I don't know what I want to happen! I just hope that this gives Monkey a chance to realize his feelings for Sun-mi are real and not because of that dumb bracelet!

Thanks for the recap, Javabeans!

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this show is lovely, but there are some SERIOUS narrative flaws here..
1- stop TELLING US Ma Wang's backstory, SHOW us
2- we understand that SeoMi is lonely, but a narration of book about a lonely child accompanied with childhood flashbacks would have packed more of an emotional punch
3- some of these characters are 2D, we don't know much else about them besides their main attributes
4- the filler scenes are very obviously filler scenes
5- SuMi saw a vision of WWIII, how did that not effect her decision when choosing to give up her SamJung status? I feel like that pot kinda got dropped...I think if she had a monologue moment where she laments that the responsibility and punishment feels too great, and THAT's why she agrees to the demon lady, would have been much more true to SuMi's brave and considerate character thus far...and frankly a better story.
6- ....my previous point could also provide the show to delve into: Monkey's story, perhaps how he felt pain too once and can relate to SuMi's feeling of betrayal, the message that ppl succeed and live when they live together and for each other, a real growing moment for both Monkey and SuMi.
*sigh* Show, plz hire me.

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I don't think Sun-mi saw it necessarily as a Sam-jang status... she could already see ghosts even before she became SJ right? The demon preyed on her innermost insecurities, which was that as a child she had been completely alone to face all the evil things, while being ostracized by everyone else. Not a nice thing for a little girl to face at all. When the demon reminded her of all the things she had to endure as a little girl, even before she became SJ, I doubt that WWIII would have been the first thing on her mind. She was brought back to the time when she was a child, and so lonely and desperate to escape. I kind of feel like her entering the book wasn't about her responsibilities or punishment being too tough. It was about how she had felt as a child.

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I was also confused because I thought Sun Mi could already see ghosts before she met Oh Gong. So her being Samjang is a separate thing on top of her ability to see spirits. In a way, meeting Oh Gong made her life even worse than what she thought possible. :/

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I think the bookseller also came at a time when she felt like she missed out. She just met Han Joo's kids and saw a glimpse of the life of normal happiness. Really, HJ's life was enough to get the social media demon to skip over Sunmi's luxurious pics and gun for him. And they just defeated a bride demon in the beginning of the episode and she got to wear a wedding dress (probably her only opportunity in this lifetime). I think she also entered the book because she was frustrated with she missed out and how alone she felt. She could have probably lived with the ghost-seeing thing (I remember how Eun-Oh in Arang would pretend not to see ghosts), but scary demons sniffing for your blood and chomping on you is hard to manage. And it sucks that the part she hates about herself is the only thing of value to the people around her. I know she's trapped in the book, but I hope she has a great time hanging out with Peter Pan (I'm pretty sure it was the Peter Pan book), who seems like a fun guy. I know the trapped kids didn't want to be dead, but it looks like books are a fun place to get trapped in.

As for WWIII: I don't even know what Sunmi can do about it. They introduced it, talked about it briefly (yeah. it's sorta serious... I guess...?) and it seemed like all she could do is continue doing what she was doing (find demons and get points for Mawang..) and hope she finds enough demons and gets into points for the catastrophe to be avoided and for her to get her wish. I wish the writers never brought it up since they haven't been doing a good job on following up on it.

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That come hither look with a curl of his finger though... #onenoonadown

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Forget Monkey King. Oh-gong is Maneki Neko. With the emphasis on the beckoning. Maneki Monkey. LOL.

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I was really uneasy with the thought that Sun-mi won't have his absolute protection anymore, but at the same time I got really exited because of the possibilities.

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That was too much teasing by the show producers! Some thoughts:

1. It was kind of mean to present the Geumgango reversal in the preview of episode 9 just to watch the episode and seeing it happen at the END. Show, you're too cruel. It's clear this reversal is all we have been expecting. (Just when we were going to learn if Oh Gong really loves Sun-mi... damn!)

2. More teasing with the death bell: At this point I just want to see what happens when Sun-mi learns the true purpose of the death bell, and Son Oh Gong does too. The entire episode has been hinting it just to forget about the bell at the end because of the bookstore owner... :(

3. I think this reversal is not going to be straightforward: the bookstore woman has control of the GGG indirectly, because she's trapped the true owner of the bracelet. But that love still belongs to the true owner, even if the Monkey has to obey the orders of that evil woman. My guess is that Son Oh Gong is going to fake it a bit in order to rescue Sam Jang, who will totally fall for it, leading to loads of dramatic tension. "Oh no, what do I do, he doesn't love me anymore, I hoped he would still love me without the bracelet" blah blah blah. I reeeeeally hope the Hong sisters don't pull that cheap trick off.

4. Sun Mi has been a boring character for the past two episodes. Come on girl, I know you have it bad for Son Oh Gong and have lots of anguish, but I really miss that badass Sun mi that was able to piss off a Monkey God to ensure her survival. I miss that practical and brave Sun Mi... Pleeeease don't turn into a whiny heroine, please.

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Yesss...Plot twist was awesome! I wish for sincere monkey n sun -mi ship! LSG hotness overloaded! 😘

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OMO OMO does this mean that Oh Gong will finally realise he actually genuinely loves Seon Mi because even though the Geumgango has a new owner he will feel *things* for our girl? Oh the possibilities! I can’t wait for ep 10!

On another note, CSW showed his entire range of acting ability and it was beautiful and heart breaking and I love him so much. And PK calling Bu Ja his dogsaeng trying to convince himself he doesn’t love her? Hahahaha.

Also I want atleast one 3 minute scene between Oh Gong and Bu Ja very episode because that was the cutest!

And finally, SOG being normal is my new favourite thing! Such a realistic commentary on humans!

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CSW was so great today! One of my (few) complaints with the show is that they aren’t using the abilities of the characters, but CSW shone with comedy and drama in episode 9 ~ 😸

I loved the Bu Ja/Monkey staring contest, and Monkey trying to be normal means looking at his phone and not magically making food less spicy 😹😹

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I think his interpretation of humanity is amazing. And true. And Bu Ja is my baby girl and love her

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I love the part when Buja tells Oh Gong to turn off the lights and he spins around looking mad but then turns the lights off. Such a cute sibling-like relationship.

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I love their sibling-like relationship too! Or maybe it's like the guy who hates dogs reluctantly indulging the puppy his roommate rescued by giving it some treats. And I think he has given up on the fight to make Buja live the Zombie life. Buja is completely destined to live a life of luxury that no zombie has ever known before. What zombie lives in a luxury condo, has nice clothes, has her meals cooked by CEO Sa, can eat energy balls to keep eyeballs from rotting, owns the latest smartphone, gets invited to a group chat, gets to hang out with PK, and gets to be a trainee in one of the top entertainment industries? I would say she is living the YOLO life, but she's technically not alive...or she's alive but she's living her second life sorta...

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I have a feeling they will kill her off and I will just die and I think SOG will feel it too. All of them will especially my sweetie PK!

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SOG can never survive as a normal person. I live in a college town and the number of times I see people staring at their phones while crossing the street when they don't even have the walk signal... Of course, SOG would think that is a normal thing to do. SOG is also the guy who takes up 3 parking spaces with one car and cuts you in line.

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Bu Ja has really grown on me. And on PK, too. It cracks me up how gaga he's become for her. Methinks the porker doth protest too much. He's a goner. Forget the dongsaeng gambit. It's too late, baby. Just find a way for her to cease deteriorating that doesn't require a fridge, for heaven's sake!

Bu Ja is a parallel to Sun-mi, although her earlier life was apparently not as deprived as Sun-mi's. I take that back. She doesn't have a dad, and her mom is now in the hospital being staked out by a pair of thugs. Sun-mi isn't the only one who had it bad as a kid, and she knows it. I like how that tenuous "blood butterfly" has linked them just as much as the golden bracelet has figuratively handcuffed Monkey to her.

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The character of Frosty is a little heartbreaking. He seems to want to be kind, but his 'cold' keeps others at bay (I think it is Summer Fairy sabotaging him). Seeing him try to give ice cream to the ghost girl was so kind!

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Love him so much. I think summer fairy in her own way is looking out for Seon Mi

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BUHAHAHA that wedding dress and hair style really did scream 80s...I thought we'd have another "time jump" ghost based on previews.

Yay! We get to see General Frost doing something exciting other than selling ice cream. Not gonna lie... all those ice cream scenes have slowly been weakening my willpower (avoiding sweets).

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Give in to the pull of the sweets. Do it do it

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Seeing the ice cream brand is extra weird/funny to me because it started out in Boston so I see it all the time. So interesting whenever I see it in the episodes, lol.

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Are you from Boston? I live in Boston too.

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Although I've never been to an Emack & Bolio, actually. There are so many excellent independent ice cream stores in Boston.

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Yup! I live in the Allston/Brighton area. :)

I've gone to Emack & Bolio a few times, but I really like JP Licks and Toscaninis. I go to the latter two locations more often along with the popular rolled ice cream places, lol.

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Oh cool! I live in Somerville. I love Gracie's which is a little local shop (although it's been winning a lot of awards) in Somerville. I like JP Licks too. What do you do in Boston?

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@abalyn

I don't know why dramabeans won't let me reply to your comment. Sorry for the delay in reply!

I work as a software tester. What about you? :)

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@lunarshin I am a high school art teacher at a charter school in East Boston.
Do you get to work from home?

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@lunarshin, @abalyn,

Please pardon me for butting in. Am so stoked to meet someone from my grandmother's old neighborhood. She lived for many years on Radcliffe Road, not far from Harvard Avenue and the BC trolley line. I grew up in NJ, but spent lots of time visiting my grandparents in Beantown. The other side of the family was from Southie.

Back in the day, Bailey's had the best hot fudge sundaes in town. One of my high school buddies worked at Brigham's, and lived in Somerville.

I had no idea that Emack & Bolio started out in the Hub. The stuff I learn from watching Kdramas. ;-)

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Sorry again for the late reply lol

@abalyn: I can work from home if I need to but I prefer going to the office. :)

@pakalanapikake: Wow I literally live right near where you're talking about. It's a good place it's close to the Korean food lol.

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@lunarskin @pakalanapikake
I was just in that neighborhood last week. I went to this Chinese hole in the wall hair cuttery for a cheap but good hair cut and had kimchi fries at Coreanos with friends. I need to eat there more often--there are tons of good restaurants.

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@abalyn I literally live 5 minutes away from Coreanos. I go there every week lmao. I like their fried chicken a lot, so yummy.

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@lunarshin February 12, 2018 at 5:26 PM;
@abalyn February 12, 2018 at 5:52 PM

Thanks, guys! I'm so glad to hear how the old neighborhood in Allston is doing.

In the late '60s - early '70s, a Korean grocery called "Mirim" opened on the east side of Harvard Ave. in the middle of the block, and later expanded. It was adventurous fun shopping there. One of Dad's hoobaes at work was from Seoul, and we brought him some kimchi from Mirim. Back then, we would have had to go into NYC to find Korean food, so it was exciting to find it in my grandmother's neighborhood. I had no inkling about Kdramas back then. ;-)

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I totally thought Han Joo would be Team Monkey after the previous episode, but now I realize he's really Team Sun Mi. No matter how weird he thinks she is, he still tries to do the best for his boss. And I love that it's a female CEO and a male assistant dynamic.

Okay, every time I watch an episode lately, I think "OMG LSG cannot get any hotter" I'm proven wrong. I think I replayed a certain finger crook scene one too many times. *dead*

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I LOVE his smirk. Really, there were too many moments in this episode which were replayed. *fans self*

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Now this is going to be a reality test of feelings and honest loyalities without the involvement of any selfish motives. New owner of geumganggo will bring about many changes in the storyline, and loopholes too. Such as, niw jin sun mi is no more Sam jang so Buja should no more be connected to her that means P.K. helping her is not a question. Mawang has no reason whatsoever to have anything to do with Jin sun mi and we all know where the loyalities of secretary Ma lies. 😂 And far as Son Oh Gong is concerned, its a U-turn in their love story. We'll know he have started to harbor some feelings for Sun mi that are not forced by Geumganggo. He's character is developing n he's becoming a better person. N I believe it's not just because of Geumganggo that he's changing but it's because of jin sun mi. Breaking her heart hurts him in reality along with the pain given by Geumganggo plus she vecame samjang after releasing him but they already have a contract binding them. He has to come save her whenever she calls and that can't be changed with or without Geumganggo being there. She made the contract before being Samjang and Geumganggo just binds the person to its owner by fake love. I am eagerly waiting to see Oh Gong struggling between his growing feelings for Sun Mi and his fake love for the fairytale monster. And I have a feeling that he'll have to make a choice between one. Or so I hope. And furthermore i really want to see how he's going to behave or react now that she's just Jin sun mi neither Samjang nor geumgango owner. So he has no excuse to be with her, be jealous of Jonathan, reasons for flirting with her, hanging and lingering around her,spend time with her or caring about her. It'll be fun to see him making fake excuses, talking nonsense to spend time with her or making some harsh decisions and showing some maturity for her sake. One thing that really intrigue me is where will all this lead to jin sun mi when she is no more fatally endangered of being eaten up or chased by demons or scared to becom ohgong's lunch. The one thing that Jin sun mi wanted most was a normal life although she was able to see ghosts n demon from the starting so she should be able to do that later on too, but it won't be same like before. She used to be a loner in the starting but got surrounded by so many demons n zombies n deities. Now she'll again be a normal human n may again become a loner or she coyld start having friends n start a family. I really love the dynamic. I also think that this new owner will fall prey to the death bell fate in some way. I want to see what happens to Buja after this. I really liked how PK cherishes Buja, (well, like a sister was a new thing). I wish to see the story behind kang dae sung n how is he evil well except that he killed Buja by accident. Also i wish to see mawang, princess iron Fan's past n Oh Gong's past too. All in all this story is now open to a lot of endings. How jin sun mi reacts to absence of oh gong...

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Havent been commenting in a while, but unlurked to say 2 things:

1. Please bring back spunky and umbrella welding Seon Mi! I don't think she deserves to be this really sad damsel in distress who would give in to this evil demon.... if she didnt as a child, why should she now? I really didnt like this bit of the episode even if it was needed to introduce the twist, which I did love.

2. Oh Gong is still all kinds of hot. It's amazing how every episode has a kill-me-now-omg-why-is-he-so-hot please-excuse-me-while-i-melt-and-faint-right-here moment. Last episode was him leaning on his sports car (I totally swoon-died) and this episode I couldn't decide whether it was him crooking his finger at Seon Mi or his smirk at the end at the evil demon- his totally bad boy confident swagger smirk.

That's me in the corner, melted, please mop me up in time for tml's episode....

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I have question though.
I thought Sun Mi had always been able to see spirits, even BEFORE she released Great Sage from that prison and punished to become Sam Jang. That means, even if her childhood soul is trapped inside a book, she will still be able to see spirits. So what is the point of her, accepting that demon's offer? What was she thinking? She will still be able to see spirits, even when she's not Sam Jang.

As about Geum Gang Go...I also dont get it. Geum Gang Go is tied to the person who put it onto others. That person is Sun Mi. Then how can she stopped being Sam Jang have any effect on geum Gang Go? I honestly thought that the bracelet will be inactive only IF she dies or if she takes it off from the wearer...but it is not related with her being Sam Jang. It means, if she is inside a book, she will still be Sam Jang, amd the master of the bracelet is still her. Just like when she was trapped in that portrait.

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I think she will still be able to see spirits, but she wouldn't have to worry about her blood or scent drawing demons to her. As a child, that scary teacher only noticed Sunmi because SM accidentally let slip she could see the teacher.

I don't really know how the power can be transferred either... They've been referring to the bookseller as a demon who eats souls instead of trapping them. So maybe putting them in books is a way of "eating" the soul and because the soul has been consumed, it means the bookseller lady now holds the power? No idea...

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Is it just me or is the actress playing Sun Mi pregnant? The way they shoot her is different, and her clothes are oddly shaped. (or is that the style?

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Thank you for the lightning-fast recap @javabeans. I love this show, so much so that I usually watch it raw, despite not understanding Korean, and rewatch it as soon as subs are available w/o getting bored or fast-forwarding.

I have one silly observation/question and three points of confusion.

First the silly: why are the characters always wearing coats, even indoors? The coats are beautiful, and there are many outdoor scenes. But I would say that the cast is wearing coats in three-quarters of most episodes, except for Secretary Ma and Bujong, and sometimes Mawang.

Second, I'm confused about Sun-mi's despair in discovering that becoming Samjang was her punishment for releasing Oh Gong. As a number of other readers have pointed out, she saw ghosts before that. Her life life was not and would not have been "normal," even without the responsibility of having to save humanity from an apocalypse.

Third, either I forget or never really understood what "activated" Sun-mi's status as Samjang. She had been living her life for many years, contending with ghosts with her yellow umbrella but not being hunted down for her lotus-flower-scented blood. What triggered the change? Does anyone remember/know?

Finally, without the forced love connection of the geumganggo, won't Oh Gong still have to come when she calls and protect her (assuming he doesn't eat her himself) because of their contract?

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The change happened when she released SOG from his prison. It was her punishment. I think that was Mawang's speculation. The powers that be took a lot of care to lock SOG up (they tried to burn him alive for 49 days but that didn't work...), but she went and freed him. I can't help but think it's all destined. That she was always meant to be Sam Jang and that she was meant to free SOG, but the powers that be created this excuse.

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I think the point is (and it’s a great question) if she’s been Sam Jong since she was little and without protection, how has she not been eaten yet?

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“connection of the geumganggo, won't Oh Gong still have to come when she calls and protect her”

If we recall previous episodes, SOG & JSM sign a contract where whenever JSM call his name, he must appear & protect her. Because of that contract also SOG can’t eat JSM. Therefore, what’s the point having Geumganggo.

But then again, what we all knew, Geumganggo make SOG fall in love with JSM. Geumganggo powers make SOG can feel any feeling that JSM feel. Basically by using Geumganggo it can control SOG behavior not been so devilish, understand human nature/feeling, trust in human.

Because as we knew, SOG once were betrayed by human & the punishment SOG received for 500 years also part of the effect that he were betrayed before.

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@fuujin,

First the silly: why are the characters always wearing coats, even indoors? The coats are beautiful, and there are many outdoor scenes. But I would say that the cast is wearing coats in three-quarters of most episodes, except for Secretary Ma and Bujong, and sometimes Mawang.

I noticed the same thing in MONEY FLOWER, and now that I think of it, DOUBTFUL VICTORY, too. Somehow I cannot believe that wealthier-than-Croesus Evil Grandpa keeps his 21st-century hanok's thermostat turned down to save money while he's only wearing his hanbok indoors and everyone else is running around in their overcoats. However, that's not the only location where people keep their coats on indoors.

I can think of three reasons, none of which has to do with the stories themselves:

1) PPL, first and foremost! Is this better than Subwey?

When you've got Jang Hyuk (whose first drama role was in MODEL), Lee Seung-gi, and Cha Seung-won (who started out as a model) strutting around looking fabulous, all I can think is that they're advertising the threads. (Can we please get Kim Young-kwang for a cameo, pretty please?)

2) Logistics. Getting into and out of outerwear would just bog down the scenes. It might minimize costume changes.

3) They're filming in bitterly cold weather as I understand. The sets may be chilly. No one looks like they're overheating and sweating bullets, so it may be a deliberate choice to keep the actors from freezing to death. I always feel bad for actors in sageuks huddled around outdoors in their down coats. I hope they can wear long-handled underwear under their hanbok.

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I have been thinking about the dual character of Frosty and Summer Fairy. She behaves very nurturing, yet always says the cold truths no one wants to think about in a slightly apologetic tone. Frosty has been offering up pragmatic plans to meet the selfish desires of his visitors also in a tender voice. It seems they serve to play Devil’s advocate to the other characters, articulating their fears or formualting ways to subvert others. Yet, their attitude is compassionate and they don’t appear to desire to manipulate, for their own gain, the decisions of others.

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@ kbaswithneko,

I agree. Summer Fairy and General Winter seem to be the only demons who aren't out to make hay for themselves. They're like a pair of supernatural agony aunts who really do listen and try to help reframe the situation. They don't take action themselves, but they do articulate and advocate actions and changes in attitude that could benefit whomever they encounter.

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Thanks for the recap. I am a bit confused. Sam jang's life was miserable even before she met monkey. She had the ability to see monsters even before meeting him or was she just destined to meet monkey and she was Sam jang even before that? Yes, being Sam jang is not ideal a and she had the issue with her blood attracting monsters but even before that she was never normal so why is she thinking that if she hadn't met monkey her life you'd have been different/better? I do not understand this.

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She was not Sam Jang as a child, she could just see evil spirits. Letting Sam Oh Gong out is what made her Sam Jang, it is her punishment.

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I don't understand how removing the ability removes the heavenly punishment - they aren't one and the same.

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Actually Sam Jang (giving the divinity power through the blood of that person) is her punishment which she got through helping On Gong.. as mentioned by Moriaelini she only had the power to see the spirits before meeting Mawang & Oh Gong.. I would say its because of Mawang because he may be aware of this well, he should have told her everything behind that place but he didnt its his fault..

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He did not tell her otherwise she would have never agreed to go there. They are demons and they keep some info for themselves to get the human to do the dirty work. lol
Mawang wanted the fan back...he probably did not care about freeing the monkey. That just happened...he probably thought it would happen but that was not his main focus.

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Ya again he was love blinded..lol..

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The bracelet was bought after she became Sam Jang, so it is not related to it, it's not a "package", so to speak.
Yes, Ma Wang told her to buy it because of her being Sam Jang in order to be protected from danger, but theoretically anybody could buy it, Sam Jang or not.
So why should the new Sam Jang also become the owner of the Geumgango?

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If we recall previous episodes, SOG & JSM sign a contract where whenever JSM call his name, he must appear & protect her. Because of that contract also SOG can’t eat JSM. Therefore, what’s the point having Geumganggo.

But then again, what we all knew, Geumganggo make SOG fall in love with JSM. Geumganggo powers make SOG can feel any feeling that JSM feel. Basically by using Geumganggo it can control SOG behavior not been so devilish, understand human nature/feeling, trust in human.

Because as we knew, SOG once were betrayed by human & the punishment SOG received for 500 years also part of the effect that he were betrayed before.

Therefore, to activate Geumganggo, a kiss is a must. Anyone can be the owner as long as they activate it through a kiss.

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I think the contract was drawn to be fairer to SOG. With the GGG, it was unconditional that SOG cannot harm and instead must protect JSM. However, with the contract, it stated that the effect of GGG will be ineffective as when Sam Jang has accomplished her mission.

I can't recall how the GGG was activated. Was it a kiss? I thought it was activated the moment JSM put it on SOG?

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But then again, i’m not sure you realise or not, the contract JSM & SOG make when JSM was a kid don’t have an expiration date/time, but Geumganggo does have an expiration date which last until Samjang mission accomplish/fulfill.

After Samjang mission accomplished, Geumganggo will remove from SOG. But JSM still can call SOG whenever she need it SOG help. Unless JSM decide to terminate it.

If JSM not terminate the contract, whether SOG go to the hell or go to the heavean, if JSM call SOG, he must appear in front of her just like Goblin.

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Ahh I forgot about that contract. I had thought you’re referring to the contract made among Ma Wang, the patriarch and SOG.

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But again its a matter of time for SOG to remove that memory of his name from JSM's mind just like he did it before..

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Son Oh Gong put on the bracelet himself. He had it in his pocket, but he put it on when they were both in that world with the Sex-crazy demon who wanted seven wives. He said "Look, I put it on for you". And then he told her to advance whatever was going to happen, what she saw in the Calamity Jar, and she kissed him, thus activating it.
But he put it on himself.

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You wrote:
"whenever JSM call his name, he must appear & protect her. Because of that contract also SOG can’t eat JSM. Therefore, what’s the point having Geumganggo."
Contract n.1 (done as a child): appear and protect (so obviously not eat)
Contract n.2 (Geumganggo): appear and protect. The difference is that also falling in love is thrown in. Therefore he will not try to evade the contract by making her forget his name. He will also not do it as a chore, an obligation he tries to escape, but as something he himself wants to do because her pain is his pain.
But I feel that contract n.1 has been neglected and overlooked in the last few episodes. It's not even mentioned anymore.

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You know Ma Wang kind of pissed me off when he told Sun Mi that Son Oh Gong is the reason she is Sam Jang. Yes, technically he IS the reason since she let him go, however, Ma Wang was the ine who sent a child there in the first place, so shouldn’t he share some of the responsibility?

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Honestly, I am not invested whatsoever in their 'love' story (Stockholm Syndrome bracelet=gross). What I'm invested in is their monster-hunting. I'd be happy as a pig in mud if this were just a monster-of-the-week with snappy banter.

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Wat crap Dongseang??? Noooooooooooooo.......... I want PK & Buja to be together... :(.. OK even without that bracelet its clear that On Gong has feelings for Sun mi this was made somehow clear by Patriarch in the previous ep when he mentioned its their just to hide their true feelings.. but i am curious to know the effects of this with Sun Mi.. will it change her fate?? Hmmm.. Goosebumps....

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Thanks for your recap and comments, JavaBeans!

I was watching the revenge thriller MAWANG (2007) last week, and realized there may be some meta references in the bookseller/soul-eating demon arc in HWAYUGI. Fairy tales in general are one of the common elements between MAWANG, HWAYUGI, and LOVE LETTER.

According to my viewing log, the folk tale "The Sun and the Moon" (see my fan wall) appears in the first episode of LOVE LETTER when future seminarian Andrea (Jo Hyun-jae) is a little kid living unhappily in his aunt's household. He takes refuge in the fairy tale, and tells it to his young cousins. His uncle on the other side of the family, a priest, eventually rescues him and takes him to his parish's orphanage. (Imagine my surprise when chatty sister Gemma turned up as the murderously cold-blooded NIS chief in DOUBTFUL VICTORY.)

In MAWANG, Shin Min-ah plays a librarian (who is not a nine-tailed fox!) who discovers she has psychometric powers when she is 13. As with Sun-mi, who can see ghosts and demons at an even younger age, Hae-in's powers cause trouble for her. For both girls, fairy tales are a refuge from the difficult aspects of their lives as children burdened with unusual gifts. For Andrea, the fairy tale gives him hope that he will be able to escape from the sorrows of his harsh life. He is a direct parallel to the kids who have absconded into the fairy tale books.

Oh-gong showing up at the soul-eating demon's bookshop looks like an homage to diabolically revenge-driven public defender Oh Seung-ha popping up at Hae-in's library with “speak of the devil” timing. In another parallel, Bull Demon King sends young Sun-mi off to retrieve Iron Fan from Monkey's prison, while Detective Kang Oh-soo's accidental manslaughter in his teens sets in motion the events that reveal Hae-in's clairvoyant powers. Twelve years later the original case again embroils her in its fallout, just as Monkey reappears in Sun-mi's adult life.

The scene of the bookseller offering young Sun-mi a book to disappear into while her elder self looked on was very touching. It surprised me that her adult self just let her go.

In the fake wedding demon hunting scene, did anyone notice that Sun-mi was wearing a delicate golden circlet on her head? Monkey has the bracelet, but Sun-mi's got a golden hair ornament of her own. Har! Where did she get it?

I can't help but wonder about Secretary Ma and Mawang. Even if she is really a “devil dog,” her surname means “horse.” Are there any other meanings? It occurs to me that Mawang could be broken down into “horse + king.” Secretary Ma is such a watchdog when it comes to her boss. The petty way in which she denies tea and cookies is too much.

We finally found out how Bu Ja ended up dead. PK, forget adopting her as your kid sis. Go hog wild and plight your “trough” already.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inFmZs5n5rc

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