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Hwayugi: Episode 13

Everyone is pretty fed up with fate today, and I can’t blame them when they’re bombarded with prophecies and punishments and priestesses at every turn. The good news is that our heroes begin to push back against heaven and look for ways to write their own fates, death bells be damned, and in the process they discover something that could be a game-changer.

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

The priestess, who’s been woken up from her thousand-year slumber and is now wearing Buja’s body, puts Oh-gong under her spell. She reveals only when it’s too late that having him by her side forever was always her objective.

Mawang prevents Sun-mi from calling Oh-gong tonight, and tells her the truth about the priestess they accidentally unleashed when they messed with that demon tree.

The priestess sits in Oh-gong’s lap and tells him that she has the power to summon a dragon and make a king. But the last time she did that, the king betrayed her, left her at the altar on their wedding day, and locked her up for a thousand years. Geez, no wonder she’s pissed.

She says that she’s going to make a mate who will never betray her, and tells Oh-gong to protect her the way he used to protect Sun-mi. She takes his hand and asks if they should take his bracelet off now, and then proceeds to slide it right off his wrist. Wait… she can do that??

Bracelet in hand, the priestess leans in and whispers, “Now you’re mine.”

BUT THEN… Oh-gong’s voice calls out from behind her, “You can keep that.” Yesssssss, Monkey’s not a total dummy!

There are two identical Oh-gongs there and she looks between them in confusion. The one behind her explains, “I’m Oh-gong, and he’s Chil-gong [chil is “seven,” and oh is “five”].”

As soon as he says it, Chil-gong vaporizes and turns into his true form: another monkey doll, just like Yook-gong. Oh-gong: “You can have Chil-gong, but I can’t give you Oh-gong—he already has an owner.” Well, swoon.

He apologizes to Chil-gong about giving him to a woman with a bad temper, and tells him to treat her well. The priestess is not amused to get a plushy as a consolation prize, and tells Oh-gong that he’s the match for her.

Oh-gong counters that he doesn’t find her pretty in the least, and though he sympathizes with her for being betrayed by the man she made into a king, he says that trying to take Sun-mi’s place is unforgiveable, especially while wearing the face of someone she loves.

Oh-gong says that Buja’s greatest fear was to become a demon, so he’s going to keep his promise to her and burn her here. The priestess is offended to be called something so lowly as a demon, and tells Oh-gong that he should be more afraid to fight her.

He’s determined to put her back to sleep, but she stops him with one very effective warning—that Sun-mi is in danger if she takes even one bite of the food she brought over earlier. Back at home, Sun-mi starts reaching for the food…

That’s enough to send Oh-gong running to Sun-mi, rose petal antidote in hand. He asks frantically whether she ate the food, but she didn’t. And then Mawang comes over with a mouthful of food, ha.

Oh-gong yells at Mawang for eating all that and asks worriedly if he’s okay, and Mawang misinterprets it for anger that he ate it all without waiting. When asked if he feels anything strange, Mawang pauses dramatically and then declares, “It was a little salty.” Pfft. It’s only then that Oh-gong realizes that he got played by the priestess.

The priestess, meanwhile, looks at her monkey doll while thinking of Oh-gong. But the minute she puts her hand in the puppet, it burns her and bursts into flames.

Oh-gong briefs the team on the priestess’s backstory and her fixation with getting married. Sun-mi figures that if they marry her off, she might return Buja’s body in one piece after getting what she wants.

So they turn their attention to finding her a groom, and Oh-gong suggests that Mawang marry her. He shoots that down, so Oh-gong suggests PK. But Mawang looks over at Oh-gong knowingly and says there’s a better match among them for the powerful priestess.

Oh-gong grows very serious at that, and then agrees to marry her off to CEO Sa. When Mawang scoffs, Oh-gong shouts defensively, “Why, what’s wrong with our Oh-jungie? He’s rich, he’s good at keeping house, and he’s so cute when he smiles! He’s full of charm!”

Secretary Ma suggests that they ask the priestess herself, but Oh-gong gets cagey at that and says they can’t give her what she wants. Mawang picks up on the clues and gets Oh-gong alone to ask if he’s the one the priestess wants.

Mawang says this is an opportunity for Oh-gong to live, if the priestess can get him out of his contract with Sun-mi. Oh-gong agrees that he assumed he’d be the one to die in this kill-or-be-killed prophecy, and that it feels unfair.

But then he looks over in Sun-mi’s direction and says, “But when I think that she could die, it’s even more unfair.” Mawang sees how angry he is and says innocently that heaven bound them together, not him. Oh-gong glares daggers at him and disappears before his eyes, and Mawang worries that he’s gone off the deep end.

Oh-gong shows up in front of Patriarch and slams his fist down so hard that the table in front of him cracks in two. He takes out the death bell and demands to know what they’re playing at, and Patriarch looks shaken as he stammers a reminder that he’s Oh-gong’s teacher.

Patriarch swears that he doesn’t know which of them will die; all he knows is that one of them is destined to die at the other’s hands. Oh-gong realizes that he knew this from the start when he brought them together, and he screams that they shouldn’t have put this bracelet on him if he and Sun-mi were meant to end in death.

Patriarch says that Sun-mi’s heavenly calling is important, and a sacrifice is needed. Oh-gong gets right in Patriarch’s face and growls that there’s no such thing as a fate to kill or be killed, and he makes the death bell disappear in his hand.

Oh-gong: “I’m going to protect her until the end. And if I protect her, she won’t die. You need a sacrifice? You give them this message: If you mess with Great Sage, Equal to Heaven Sohn Oh-gong, a sacrifice will be needed on that side too. Doing this to me was a mistake.”

He raises his fist, visibly straining to contain his fury, and leaves Patriarch quaking in fear. After Oh-gong storms out, Patriarch looks up at the heavens and asks if they really did make a mistake. Lightning strikes in response, and Patriarch argues that they shouldn’t be blaming him when they’re the ones who make the decisions.

Mawang worries that Oh-gong is throwing away an opportunity to live by taking advantage of the priestess’s powers, and Secretary Ma wonders if Oh-gong is really powerless to change fate when he’s an immortal himself.

The priestess needs to be taken care of for Mawang to become an immortal, and Secretary Ma notes that he seems to be in a hurry after meeting Iron Fan’s ninth reincarnation. He says that he can’t let her go through another lifetime of suffering, and has already hatched a plan to marry Oh-gong off to the priestess for the points.

When Oh-gong returns to Sun-mi’s apartment, she’s combative from the moment he arrives, and snaps that he must’ve liked it when the priestess seduced him. He grumbles, realizing that Mawang must’ve tattled.

Sun-mi says it doesn’t matter to her, and tells him to go ahead and marry the priestess for all she cares. She gets increasingly huffy, all the while putting away the food that the priestess brought over, and struggling with a lid that clearly doesn’t match the container.

She keeps saying that she doesn’t care if he marries the priestess, while Oh-gong keeps telling her that the lid she’s trying to slam into place isn’t a match for the container. She asks why that’s important right now, and Oh-gong picks up the lid and container to illustrate his metaphor.

“This [lid] is a match for that [container], but if you keep telling it to be a match with this one, of course it’s going to blow its lid.” Lol, puns AND metaphors!

He puts his hand on her head and says that’s why her lid is blown open right now, and says he’ll close it, pulling her into an embrace. That soothes her, and she jokes that a hug isn’t going to cut it and tells him to close her lid tighter.

Sun-mi apologizes for waking a scary priestess and for getting mad at him, and he tells her to blame Mawang, advising her to blame others because it’s better for her mental health, ha. She’s still afraid that she’s going to hurt him again like before, so he says, “Just hold onto me tightly. Then we’ll be okay.”

Politician Kang Dae-sung consults a man about the symbols on the priestess’s coffin, and learns that the talismans etched into it were used to bind something extremely powerful and frightening. The dragon is one that signifies a king, and Kang Dae-sung guesses that whatever was inside had the power of a king, or even greater.

The priestess gets a makeover and catches the attention of two men who bump into her on the street. They invite her out for a drink, and next thing we know, she’s stepping out of their car, which is splattered with their blood.

She says to herself that this isn’t going to be enough to fight the power of blood, and that she needs the body of the monk. She knows that Oh-gong isn’t going to allow it, but then remembers that Mawang can be used since she’s aware of his weakness. That weakness would be Iron Fan, of course, and Mawang sits before her portrait in tears.

Oh-gong tells Sun-mi that the priestess’s blood smells of roses, and she wishes that she had some powers too, but he says that Sun-mi’s blood is still more powerful than hers. Sun-mi worries about how to put the priestess back to sleep for Mawang’s sake, and Oh-gong wonders what on earth Mawang said to her.

In flashback, we see that Mawang had turned on the waterworks to gain Sun-mi’s sympathy, crying that he had to marry Oh-gong off to the priestess to become an immortal. She didn’t feel right about that, but he’d argued that the marriage would just be a formality since Oh-gong’s heart belongs to her, and this way, they could save Buja too.

He laid it on super thick, wailing about poor Buja and his points, and in the present, Sun-mi decides that it’s okay for Oh-gong to marry the priestess if it’s just a formality. She points out that they fake-married each other twice to catch demons, so if she thinks of it like that, it’s not that bad.

But Oh-gong’s response is: “Should we do it one more time? You said it was fake those two times. Should we do it a third time for real? Do you want to marry me?”

Stunned, Sun-mi asks if that’s possible, and he says he’ll do anything she wants. She tells him that marrying her would mean that he can’t run away from her even if she takes his bracelet off.

He shrugs and says that’s fine with him, and holds out his hand to ask her to hold onto him tighter. She says that he’s about to sign a contract that can never be broken, and he tells her to name her conditions, prepared to agree to whatever she says.

Sun-mi tamps down her eagerness and says she won’t make a hasty deal like she did when she was a child, and plans to take her time to work out the fine print this time.

Oh-gong insists that he’s too tired to go home and lies down in Sun-mi’s lap. She pushes him back up to ask why he’s sleeping here if he’s tired, so he takes that as an invitation to move to her bed.

She tells him to go home before he gets cursed at, and he asks how she could want to send him home after what they just said to each other. She surprises him by grabbing his collar and shouting that she doesn’t want to send him home and is trying to protect him… which he finds touching but not as appealing as getting to spend the night.

Mawang sits in his car across the street from the bus stop where he first spotted Iron Fan, who’s there again. He was told that she sits there every day because her child was abducted from that spot and murdered, and she’s plagued with guilt for not picking her up that day.

As he watches from afar, the priestess approaches and sits down right next to her, and she looks over at Mawang with a knowing smile.

Mawang brings the priestess back to his office, where he demands an explanation. She slides over the knife she found in Iron Fan’s purse with an evil smile, and Secretary Ma is forced to tell Mawang the rest of Iron Fan’s tragic story in her present life: She recently stabbed the young woman who’d been tried for killing her daughter, and is obviously planning to try again. The culprit was a high school student at the time and had mutilated an eight-year-old child, but was released after only three years in prison.

Mawang can’t contain his tears as he realizes that she’s repeating the same life over and over—losing her child, avenging that murder, and getting herself killed in the process. He’s overcome with emotion, and again Secretary Ma has to stop him with the reminder that interfering will only lead to more pain in Iron Fan’s next life.

That’s the priestess’s cue to offer her help, and when Secretary Ma warns her to stay out of it, Mawang sends her out of the room, eager to hear what the priestess can do for him. She grins from ear to ear and tells him that she’s very powerful and capable of many things.

Oh-gong visits CEO Sa at the office and asks him to look into the priestess and Kang Dae-sung, because the thing she said about summoning a dragon and making a king is bothering him. CEO Sa is just shocked and embarrassed that the priestess so easily tricked him into thinking she was Buja.

Oh-gong wonders who else has been falling under her spell, and we cut over to PK, who has already been told that she’s not Buja. He says that Buja was his dongsaeng, and when the priestess tries to walk away from him, he puts a hand on her head and the air between them gets chilly.

PK leans in and says in a sweet tone, “Buja, you’re listening, right? You said you wanted to meet your family. I’m going to find them.” The priestess says coldly that she’s not Buja, but PK says that he’s going to make Buja’s wishes come true and stalks off.

The priestess feels her heart thumping in her chest and wonders, “Is she still in here?”

At work, Han-joo tries to show Sun-mi some files, but all she can focus on is the wedding ring on his finger. She asks if he put the ring on because he was in love, and then asks what if there was no love to begin with, but putting on the ring caused him to love—is it okay to get married then?

Naturally he can’t understand what the hell she’s talking about, and jumps to the conclusion that she bought Oh-gong an enormous diamond ring to buy his love. He barks that that’s not true love, because the moment the ring comes off, that love is over. Aw no, don’t say that!

She mutters to herself that it’s a bracelet, not a ring, when suddenly Oh-gong materializes right in front of her. He covers her ears and shakes his head in Han-joo’s direction and plants a kiss on her, and then disappears with a cheeky smile.

Oblivious to what’s happening, Han-joo says that if it’s a love that appeared because of a physical object, it’ll disappear when that physical object disappears, so you can’t marry based on something like that.

Sun-mi wonders if he’s right, and again Oh-gong suddenly appears to cover her ears and shake his head at her. With another kiss he flashes away, leaving her flushed and fluttery.

Sun-mi asks Han-joo what if she buys him a hundred diamonds until the day she dies so that the love never disappears—can she marry him then? Han-joo tells her to go ahead and do it, adding under his breath that it’d be nice if she gave him a raise with that money.

She’s satisfied to get the answer she wanted, and as soon as Han-joo steps out of the office, Oh-gong is back at her side. This time he turns her head toward him and kisses her like he means business. Damn, that’s hot.

When Han-joo turns around to come back inside, Oh-gong slams the door shut and locks it, ha.

The priestess visits Frosty, who is able to tell pretty quickly that she isn’t Buja. He asks who she is, and the priestess is offended that he doesn’t recognize her even though it’s been over a thousand years since they saw each other last.

She mentions that he and his sister are still living inside one body, and Frosty looks downright terrified as he recognizes the priestess. She says she visited his sister already, and he swears that his sister knows nothing.

The priestess says icily that she was the one who made it possible for Summer Fairy to live inside her brother’s body when her soul was meant to be destroyed. She threatens to undo it, before announcing that it’s Frosty’s turn to help her. Gulp. The first thing she wants is for him to find her old incense burner.

Secretary Ma runs to Oh-gong for help and tells him everything, hoping that he’ll stop Mawang from making a huge mistake. Meanwhile, Mawang asks Patriarch if what the priestess proposed is possible, and Patriarch says it’s possible but too dangerous. Mawang only cares that it’s possible, and says he’ll do anything.

Patriarch warns him to be patient and continue working towards becoming an immortal, but Mawang says he’s waited a thousand years and won’t waste a chance to save Iron Fan if he sees one. In a booming voice, Patriarch says that she committed a grave sin, and in response Mawang splits the table in two with a roar. Lol, that poor table.

Mawang: “I will accept the punishment! Isn’t that enough?!” He storms out, and again the sky fills with dark clouds and lightning, and Patriarch shouts at the heavens that it’s not his fault when they stuck him with these temperamental monsters.

As Mawang watches Iron Fan, Patriarch tells Sun-mi their story. He says that Iron Fan was once an immortal, but in order to save her child, she stole the souls of human children. Whoa.

She was banished from heaven and has spent the last thousand years living nine lifetimes of pain in penance. In flashback, we see Patriarch delivering her sentence as Mawang fell to his knees in agony, wailing for his beloved.

Sun-mi asks how many more times she has to live in suffering, and Patriarch says she must live 108 lives, which means she has 99 left to go. Yikes, ten thousand years? Patriarch’s worry is that Mawang plans to take on that ten thousand years of punishment all in one go. Sun-mi asks if Iron Fan’s child is still alive, but Patriarch avoids her question and says that Mawang could die, and asks her to stop him.

Oh-gong warns Mawang that it’ll be really painful and tries to talk him out of it. Mawang says he’s going through with it and tells Oh-gong to kill the priestess if she betrays him, and Oh-gong asks if Mawang can trust him. Mawang: “You owe us a debt.”

He brings up the time when he and Iron Fan had fought and separated, and she had sent a token of reconciliation through a friend. He looks at Oh-gong pointedly and says that if someone had delivered it properly, they would’ve been able to reconcile. Oh, was that the fan he’d tasked Sun-mi with retrieving all those years ago?

Oh-gong insists that he was planning to deliver it, claiming that it wasn’t his fault that she got kicked out of heaven, and he happened to get locked up in that mountain prison during that time. Mawang tells him to just repay the debt now by not interfering, and cleaning up any mess afterwards.

Oh-gong tries to stop him anyway, but Mawang asks with tears in his eyes if he wouldn’t take the same chance if it were presented to him. Oh-gong looks down at the bracelet on his wrist and finally seems to understand. He agrees, “There’s no choice but to do it,” and they sigh in unison.

Frosty and the priestess break into a museum late at night, and she easily mind-controls the security guard into letting them inside a locked room. Frosty leads her to an incense burner, and freezes the glass casing around it until it shatters.

He notes that it’s the same incense burner she used to put his sister inside his body, and he asks what she plans to do with it this time. The priestess says she’s going to swap souls—hers for Sun-mi’s—and needs to mix Sun-mi’s blood with hers in that incense burner to do it. She knows that Mawang can get her Sun-mi’s blood, which is why she’s using him.

The next morning, Oh-gong has CEO Sa make Mawang’s favorite dish and complains that Mawang’s favorite kimchi hasn’t even ripened yet and he’s going to die without being able to eat it. Mawang insists that he’s not going to die, but Oh-gong just continues to be uncharacteristically nice.

Oh-gong follows Mawang to the office where he has their friends lined up to say goodbye, completely ignoring Mawang’s exasperated cries that he’s not running off to die. Mawang asks why Oh-gong keeps treating him like a cow being led to slaughter, lol, and Oh-gong just poofs away when he remembers someone else who needs to say goodbye.

Dragon Prince (in Alice’s body) wants to hang out with PK, but he plans to skip their photo shoot to go looking for Buja’s family. Dragon Prince wonders why when that’s not even Buja in her body anymore, and PK snaps at that, warning him not to ever say that she’s not Buja.

The priestess visits Sun-mi and apologizes for pretending to be Buja, though she’s quick to belittle Sun-mi for not being able to tell the difference because she’s powerless. She asks if Sun-mi wants to trade places, and Sun-mi uses Oh-gong’s childish retort that she won’t, even for 500 won.

She makes sure to rub it in that she learned that from Oh-gong, and tells her not to try and get in between them. She adds that it was her blood that awakened Buja and the priestess, so she’s not as powerless as she seems.

Kang Dae-sung learns of the museum break-in and the possible connection between the incense burner and the coffin, which bear the same dragon symbols. When he has the security footage brought to him, he delights to see Buja, alive and well and smiling right into the camera.

PK runs up to the priestess, still calling her Buja, and announces that he’s found her mother. When he tries to lead her away, the priestess yanks her hand away, knocking him in the nose in the process.

Instinctively, she reaches for his nose in a tender gesture, and it stuns them both. PK grabs her in a hug and says in relief that Buja is really still in there, admitting that he was terrified she wasn’t.

The priestess starts to say that she isn’t Buja, but PK cuts her off and tells her not to say it. He barks at her not to act like Buja isn’t in there, and says he’ll go meet her mother first on his own, and they can go together next time. He pets her head and leaves her feeling confused, and the priestess decides that she has to hurry and get out of this body and burn it.

The priestess takes the incense burner to Mawang and says that all she needs now is Sun-mi’s blood to do the spell. So he goes to Sun-mi and takes her to see Iron Fan, who is being shadowed by a grim reaper because she’s fated to die tonight.

Sun-mi tells Mawang that she can’t get rid of reapers, but Mawang says her death is inevitable—she always lives the same amount of time in each reincarnation, and her death can’t be stopped. But he’s found a way to stop her suffering, and asks Sun-mi for her blood.

The priestess, meanwhile, tells Frosty that she’ll soon be in Sun-mi’s body, and her plan is to marry Oh-gong as soon as it’s done.

CEO Sa tells Oh-gong that the priestess has power over the stars, specifically the power to read stars that tell a person’s fate. Her plan is to take the stars of Iron Fan’s fated punishment and fire that energy all at once at Mawang in her place.

Oh-gong is convinced that the priestess can help Mawang, but then CEO Sa adds that she also has the power to move souls by mixing their blood together, and that gives him pause. I hope he hurries, because Mawang and Sun-mi are about to begin the ritual and walk right into the priestess’s trap…

Sun-mi is told to put her blood into the incense burner, so she cuts her hand and lets a few drops fall. The priestess smiles and cuts her hand to do the same, but just before her first drop of blood can reach the incense burner, a hand catches it mid-fall.

Oh phew, it’s Oh-gong. He yanks the priestess’s hand away and asks why she needs to mix Buja’s blood in there when it’s powerless. She warns him that she can’t help Mawang if he interferes, so he tells her to get out because they don’t need her. She attempts to take the incense burner with her, but thank goodness Oh-gong is too smart for that.

Mawang is furious, but Oh-gong says that Sun-mi can do the spell—Patriarch confirmed it and said that she was more powerful than the priestess. Just… all of a sudden? But also, hell yeah, magic from Sam-jang! Mawang tells him to bring Patriarch here then, and Oh-gong says he’s already picking someone up on the way.

Iron Fan stands outside a café glaring at her daughter’s killer, and then slowly pulls out a knife. She takes a step forward when Patriarch calls out to her, shooing the grim reaper away. He says that there’s someone who’s taking on ten thousand years of pain on her behalf, and asks her to meet with him for ten minutes.

At his request, she goes to meet Mawang, who instantly begins to cry at the sight of her. She asks who he is, and he says to her, “You might not know me, but I know you very well. I’m going to risk everything I have to pray that your fate will be at peace.”

He bows and walks away, eyes full of tears, and Patriarch watches them from a floor above, wondering if it was the right thing to do, agreeing to this because of that threat.

In flashback, we see that Oh-gong yelled at him to let Mawang meet her just once before enduring all that pain, and he’d threatened to take Patriarch up to heaven to turn the place upside down if he didn’t comply. What a good friend.

They gather to do the spell, and Oh-gong tells Mawang in his usual gruff way, “Don’t die. If you die… I’ll be bored.” Aww. Mawang in turn mimes at him not to cry.

Oh-gong stands back and then Patriarch tells Sun-mi to put her hand on the incense burner, and when she hesitates, he reminds her that she is Sam-jang, the most special human being on earth.

Sun-mi braces herself and lays her hand down, and inside the incense burner, her blood begins to swirl and call the stars from the sky.

The stars gather and then begin shooting down like laser beams at Mawang, who gets pierced repeatedly in a shower of beams, causing him to scream out in pain.

After the onslaught, he collapses to the floor in tears, and he thinks, “Your ten thousand years of pain is mine. I love you.”

His body goes limp, and in her shop, Iron Fan begins to cry uncontrollably for reasons she can’t understand.

 
COMMENTS

I’m pretty sure Mawang isn’t going to die from that, right? Don’t die, Mawang! Monkey will be so sad without you! I don’t know if it was the special effects, but I thought that light show was a pretty weak replacement for ten thousand years of pain. He was probably dying on the inside, but I was kind of expecting more… blood? That sounds bad, but you know what I mean—it didn’t feel or look like ten thousand years of visceral pain, which I think took away from the gravity of the sacrificial gesture.

I’m totally on Mawang’s side and I want him to succeed in finding a loophole out of this terrible cycle for the woman he loves, but I also get why she was punished so harshly for her horrific crime. She seems to have willingly taken on ten thousand years of suffering to save her child, the same way that Mawang just did to save her. But the difference is that he found a way to bear the pain alone, while she stole other people’s children. His act of penance without her knowledge was beautiful and poetic, but ultimately I’m going to need her to be really, really regretful and penitent to wish for a happy ending and eternal rainbows for them as a couple.

Sun-mi having magical powers is a very welcome development, but did it have to come on so suddenly? I just didn’t see how Sun-mi went from not knowing she had powers to suddenly being able to cast a spell that moved fate without being told what words to say or thoughts to think. I’m pretty sure I’ll eventually forgive the show for dropping it in our laps so oafishly, because at the end of the day, this answers my major complaint about our heroine being not as active an agent in our story compared to all these monsters with magical powers. I’m all for spell-casting monk Sun-mi. But it would’ve been nice to build up to it in a natural way, to have given her small but growing powers, or a moment of self-discovery that empowered her to take on the supernatural side of her monk identity. It’s just SUCH a missed opportunity for her character, and I’m sad about that. There are so many superhero archetypes to draw from, and you’d think we would want to invest in her arc when she’s ostensibly going to be saving the world.

Hopefully Sun-mi’s magical abilities will at least be developed from here on out, so that she’s not always the one needing protecting. Because at this point, Oh-gong is just as much in danger (if not more, if Mawang’s sacrifice is any kind of precedent), and I would like to see her in a more proactive role. Plus, I could get really behind her marriage to Oh-gong and his release from the bracelet if she had less need to rely on his protection for all things. I believe in his love and I think it’s time to put it to the test without the bracelet forcing him to love her… but I would feel better about it knowing that Sun-mi has the power to shoot him with the fire of ten thousand stars in case he tries to eat her. Just sayin’.

 
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finally! thnks a ton :)

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Now THIS is tempting. I want to have the full watching experiment with the feels and swooning, also to join Beanies' discussions (that I always enjoy reading later, after catching up with the new episodes). Guess this is me saying hi~
Thank you for the recap Girlfriday.

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Yay!!! Thank you so much for the recap! 😘

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Kisses!!!!!

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Your one-word comment pretty much sums up how I felt about this episode... and look I had to type a whole novel about it below LOL.

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*I CAN'T LOOK REALLY*
*I'M ONLY ON EPISODE 11*
*I JUST THOUGHT I'D POP IN AND EXPRESS APPROPRIATE FEELINGS AND THEN LEAVE AGAIN*

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hahaha that's the episode I'm on too. The angst seemed too much for me and I thought I'd wait a week but now Ep.14 seems dangerous to watch too.

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I've watched episode 12. I think I will watch 13, and then leave 14 to watch with next weeks episodes.

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@sicarius, @letseatcookies I was thinking of doing the same 😂😂😂

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that's my plan too...after reading the recap for Ep.14 I think it's safer for us to wait.

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I usually don't care too much about kisses unless there is some interesting circumstance surrounding it, and I loved the tender, sneak ones!

The long one right after had me cheering for them. I'm glad they're taking some advantage of their potentially short-lived relationship instead of going 100% monk.

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I haven’t finished watching the episode yet but... those kisses, guys. I rewatched it on YouTube 3 times. (And stopped myself from more for the sake of my sanity).

When did our monkey become so hot? I swear when he appeared bending next to her on the sofa and turned her head to plant that last long kiss... some of my brain cells exploded. 😭

Not just that. When he smashed the table (that poor table, deserves a happy ending of its own) and leaned close to Patriarch to growl that there was no such thing as that deadly fate.. oo boy. Angry monkey is hot too.

By the way... ever wondered if there’s a Sohn Chil Gong what happened to Sam Gong, Sa Gong, Il Gong or Yi Gong? 😂

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Thirsty Monkey, is thirsty.

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I'll be eternally grateful for those images that followed!

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I'm resisting the urge to watch the kisses but I've seen so many creative comments describing it, the best was that he vacuumed her lips. *///*
I need holy water in advance, Seung Gi post-ms is such a sin!

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OMG when he gripped that sofa arm while planting the hottest kiss on her I freaking died! Like look at him holding onto his sanity while kissing her senseless! My mind went straight into the gutter and I began calculating how long he has been...celibate? :P Just saying, alcohol isn't the only thing he's been thirsty for! 😂

Also, angry monkey is the hottest version of oh-gong! Tied in first place with thirsty money, and then followed by cheeky monkey.

As for the mini minion monkeys, I'm sure Oh-gong has an army stashed somewhere. Now I'm just imagining them all coming to life when hell breaks loose and just hitting demon shins and clawing faces and just being a general nuisance! 😂😂😂

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@silvermists you always say exactly what’s on my mind. Ugh angry, thirsty and cheeky monkey are my favourites!
And LSG has such hot hands, the sofa gripping wiped me out and I swooned hugely. Oh my gaga he has me all a flustered and I’m gasping for air

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Hahaha! I know all the feels are real! His hands killed me! I just kept thinking of how much he's holding back and then I died some more! I lost count the number of times I watched this scene over and over since I saw the clip on YouTube!

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gotta wonder if the monkey will accidentally set the place on fire if he ever gets, uh, overexcited lol

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@siesta hehehe! I volunteer for this experiment to see what happens if he gets too into it! :P Lol I hope we get a scene like that though I would just die from all the literal ad figurative heat!

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I saw the kissing scene by accident and I looked for that exact scene then went straight here to see the discussion about it and now I'm dying! Ahhh I don't know anymore all of these imaginations are too much for me to handle 🙈🙉🙊 *BLUSH*

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These hands are the result of hardcore training. Aand I'm back in the gutter, damn me.
I swooned, blushed, had to resuscitate and cursed myself. And then I rewatched it some more.

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So so so true. His hand killed me too. He's capable to kill all of us fans with just grabbing sofa, really. And knowing how hard he tried to hold back, *swoon.* I'm dead friends. I must be alien writing it because there's no way in hell, I'd have survived it. He was so demanding and that was when he was trying to hold back. I'd love too see him what he does, no, how is he going to be in bed?
Even I'm volunteering for the body double too. I won't mind in the least if he's going to be even more aggressive. That's one of the reason I'm waiting for them to get married, A BED SCENE!!!
But he slayed the kiss. And slayed us as well. He's so manly and he gets even more manlier in the next episode after previous ones. ❤❤❤

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I love how you just say it! Yes I want sexy times too but the Hong Sisters have never done it? and I think LSGs image is way too pure for that. I mean he's already risking it massively by unmasking his immense sex appeal- I had no idea he was capable of it till this drama. I just think he grew up and is now a man. but still capable of being a puppy and pouting! He's even immensely manly and sexy on all the butlers now. I wonder how the public are dealing with this image change? I mean he's still lovely and adorable and helpful, but now he's hot af too hahahah

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Actually Hong sister did sexy times in Master's sun. And LSG did it in King2hearts. And this is TVN, so...

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Yeah you are right. This qas a hufe change in his image so i dont think we're going anywhere. I haven't thought about it but now that you say it, it feels true. He really has grown up and is a man now. He already have did a lot of passionate scenes for this drama and expecting more would be like pushing our luck.
Bad luck, we have just 6 more episodes to go. Then we'll have to miss him and his kisses. Lets hope we get atleast a kiss or two more in the coming episodes.

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@vera both are dramas I gave up because I became bored so I wouldn’t know!

@aryasingh fingers crossed he decides to change his image further! 😏

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@mollyp yeah i wish so too.

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I wish it felt both sided. She is supposed to have those feelings, too. But as everybody notes, it was just him kissing her. She was so passive that killed my mood. I always feel that something is missing with them two. A fire pit and an iceberg.

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I actually squealed when he kissed her at the sofa. It was done so manfully!!! And I have never squealed at any kdrama kiss before. Most of these kisses are kind of slow-mo. You know, they look at each other and then slowly move closer before they actually kiss... so you know what's gonna happen. This one was different. Totally hot!

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Yup and that made this kiss even hotter. Becoz it was just kiss. He wanted to, he did that and he did a sexy job. 😉 I'm really loving him more and more with every passing episode.
Thankyou military service for making him so hot. We all owe you all these swoons, smiles, heart attack, stomach back flips and butterflies. He really got hot, mature, even more handsome, hot, manly, hot, sexy, hotter, amazing and so on. 💜💜

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Yeah me too. I really need to see. Now I'm really shipping bith of them together. They look fab together.

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As for the mini minion monkeys, I'm sure Oh-gong has an army stashed somewhere.

In the original story, he could make zillions of copies of himself. Which some Beanies might be glad to know.

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"When did our monkey become so hot?"
i believe the army has some magical powers on its own..

"that poor table, deserves a happy ending of its own"
after the Truck o' Doom, we have our up and coming star, the Table o' Doom. except it's the doomed instead of the doomie

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So true. I haven't yet watched the episode but I have wqtched those scenes for 17 times till now. I'm planning to watch them again and again and again. That was just so hot. I saw that clip on YouTube before the episode and i literally dropped my mobile. I mean i was so happy. I first thought it was Jin Sun Mi's imagination. But then i realized no, it can't be. First kiss caused my stomach to flip all of a sudden cause it was so sweet, second gave another flip cause i wasn't expecting another so soon after first. But the THIRD one, boy was it hot. Hottest kiss till now. The way he kept his hand on her neck to turn her face around towards him and he leaned in without looking once. I swear I'm so jealous of JSM. She gets such hot kisses with such a hot man(demon here) without asking or warnings. I mean, I'd have passed out from happiness. Or else I'd have passed out after kissing him coz my conscience won't allow to let go of such an opportunity and when he pulled back for a little. I was swooning sooo much. Then i thought oh shit its finally over. But the dramagods were so happy that they graced with another long, deep kiss. The way he kept hand on arm rest of the sofa and grasped it and Sun Mi grasped her leg. It conveyed two emotions- 1. Son Oh Gong is really serious and the kiss is going to ve fantaaaastic. 2. Sun mi was either scared, or excited or failing to keep up or flustered beyond wit.
And the kiss 😍😍😍😍😍😍 I'm still not over it. I'll term it the best kiss so far. And it's the best part of whole episode. 😘😘
He's soo hot. And he's such an amazing kisser too. He's so so so so so hotttt.
And an angry, furious monkey is the best. I mean I'm jealous of even that patriach and that table. They got to saw him angry. 😭😭

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This right here is the reason I love watching Hwayugi with you guys! 😂😂😂 Lol I couldn't handle it all alone. I was dying when watching this and my face turning all red and all. I too loved that he grabbed her face. Like this kiss was all about the hands and lips! The way he was holding her like he needed her at that point and couldn't take it anymore? Freaking fantastic! Man if I was Sun-mi I would never be able to hold back. What "I'm protecting you"? No thanks. I would just have to be like Oh-gong, lets just do it and die tonight itself! 😂😂😂 It would be worth it! LOL

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So so so damn TRUE!! 'Protect'? Please. I'll just happily die after being with him. 😍😍 That's much more appealing than resisting him (and resisting him is the least appealing thing on the whole of universe.) 😘
And even if I miraculously did resist him, I'll die in regret that how can I miss something like this. 😂😂😂

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"i literally dropped my mobile. I mean i was so happy."
This must be the understatement of the year, Arya😂😂😎

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It surely is, @allphryne
And I'm sure everyone will agree. There's never been a better kiss or should i say haven't felt like this about any kiss of any drama. 💜💜
This one was a unique and a heart melting kiss.

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And passionate for a k-drama. Winter must be tough in Korea.

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I'm sure they tackle it well. They have Lee Seung Gi with them. ❤❤

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Oh wow!! Your word are my words!! I know most of us have been saying that, but it's true. Passionate monkey is Hot. I really DIDN't find LSG that attractive before. He is a good actor and he is good looking but just never really did it for me. However this episode really started to change my mind. Those sneaky kisses just melted me. And the passionate "couch gripping-door locking" kiss completely evaporated me. I don't know if i will be able to handle another one.

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I love the title you gave to that kiss. '"couch gripping-door locking" kiss' is the most apt title.
Plus even if i can't handle it, i want another kiss like this to happen. I can't go 6 episodes without a LSG-kiss. 😍😍

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I know its army magic! I thought I was being weird that I suddenly found him to be so damn hot from ep 1 of Hwayugi? Once the Seungi mania hit, I had to go back to his old dramas and check if I had been blind this whole time! But no. Its like a switch goes off in my head when I watch his older dramas and I don't feel any attraction beyond "oh he's cute". But in HWayugi, God Lord! I die every time he so much as breathes!

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I know what you mean, I started Hwayugi and went back and watched him in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and it was cute and all but it's not what I wanted. I need him to do something else after this bc I don't know if i will be able to handle the withdrawal.

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I feel you. This was my first drama of Lee Seung Gi but i have seen a preview of My girlfriend is a gumiho and Gu family book but like you said, all i thought was 'oh he's quite cute'. But Hwayugi came to like a shock. I berated myself for missing his dramas earlier. I was like "what the hell was I doing in my life that I haven't watched one LSG drama before??" But it's true. He have changed so so so so much that it's like a personality makeover. He's a man now and a hot one at that. 😍😍

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@ainos same here. Even i don't think i can handle the withdrawal. He needs to do another drama right after Hwayugi ends. I can't cope up with not having to watch him so soon or ever. I can't survive it.

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I so wanted to read the recap AFTER I watched. Alas! The temptation was too great! Thanks for the recap! :)

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Okay now that I have read the recap, the wait for the subs is officially killing me. :(
If javabeans and girlfriday offered Korean language and culture lessons over Skype, I would totally pay for it.

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"Sorry but Oh-Gong already has an owner" !!! Boiiiii. I swear why is he so swoony??
Oh Gong defending CEO Sa is so adorable LOL. He's like a soccer mom defending his kid on the field.
All those kisses yess pls.

Iron Fan's child is still alive, isn't it?? Omg, what if it's Sun-mi?? Or is that too much of a leap? It's only been 8/9 years since she was thrown out of heaven right? So there is a possibility there. And I totally agree with @girlfriday . Iron Fan is going to have to show actual deep remorse because I'm sorry, but stealing the souls of many children to save her own is not something that can be easily overlooked. I'm curious though, is it not also Ma-wang's child? They're always referring it to as Iron Fan's child.

Oh-Gong and Ma-wang are such reluctant frenemies its funny and touching at the same time. And I'm all for Sun-mi learning actual magic now. I mean she's the monk! It's about time her powers came out to play.

Guys does anyone have the full backstory on the Priestess? She's such an interesting character.

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I totally thought it was Sun-mi as well. Because this is a drama, we must have multiple hidden identities! 😂 If not her, maybe its the kid from that store who gave Sun-mi the bell? He seems sufficiently suspicious. I mean, we did see him get a little red in the eyes at one point. Also, if Iron Fan was using children's souls to save him, may be that means he's a little evil to begin with. So the boy would make sense.

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Omo this is an excellent point! Is this his revenge for his mothers pain? Oh gosh I didn’t even think of it 😱😱😱. This would be awesome

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@mollyp Who's he taking revenge on for his mother's pain? Sam-Jang? Did I miss something?

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Yes because Sam Hang represents heaven in the human realm. and also maybes revenging the separation? basically he's messing with heavens plan?

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@silvermists Hahaha, you're right it's not a K-Drama if there's not at least one hidden identity. Are you talking about the peddler's grandson? How did you find him suspicious? I mean with the way he just conveniently appears everywhere he is a bit suspicious, but besides that, I can't think of anything. Hmm

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I think it was suspicious that he accidentally dropped the death bell right in front of San-mi. I found that to be too convenient. Also, isn't he the first person to show her the imagine of her kissing Oh-gong, and later on when the store was unsupervised she also "accidentally" saw the end of the world happening. I feel like he's purposely manipulating events to happen a certain way. To what end though I don't have nay clue yet. But so far he seems more likely to be the son of Mawang and Iron fan than Sun-mi who is super sweet and nice and pure. It would be so weird if she was the daughter of the demon king. Even if Mawang doesn't act particularly evil. lol

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Okay, that's true. I always wondered what he got out of showing Sun-mi the future. But I just had a totally random thought. What if the Priestess is their child?? I mean she's quite manipulative herself. Could there be any possibility there?

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I think Sunmi can also make a good candidate. Maybe all those human children Iron Fan sacrificed for her child had some effect? But I really hope not. I don't want Sunmi to live with that sort of guilt.

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Yeah that makes perfect sense. He oh-so-accidently dropped death bell infront of her. He was there when she saw the vision of apocalypse and the kiss. But i don't think he knows Mawang is his father coz he never reacted like that or may be I'm so dense that I missed it. Anyway it has high probability that he their son. And i don't think Sunmi will ever be his son( or daughter.) Imagine SOG calling Mawang 'Aabuji' or 'Appa' or talking with respect. I cant digest it. I'm sure he'll have an heart attack too. Plus even Mawang will have an heart attack when he will realize SOG is his son-in-law. Lol. It'd be funny though.

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Oooh. Good catch! I was thinking that they may not have introduced him yet.

There seems to have been a twisted event that happened 1000 years ago that everyone is being punished for.
The summer fairy's soul was sentenced to oblivion.
The priestess arranged for the soul to be put in the winter general's body.
Iron Fan stole the souls of children to keep her own child alive.
The priestess was bound in the sarcophagus.
Oh Gong failed to reconcile Iron Fan and the Bull King.
Oh Gong was sentenced to isolation, abstinence and sobriety.

Unanswered questions:
Did the priestess help Iron Fan steal the souls, since that's her special power?

Is the priestess also an immortal? After all, she was only bound in the sarcophagus, not really dead, right?

Is there a connection between the priestess and the realm of zombies? She makes her trade in swapping souls, and seems to "feed" on them herself.

What bad thing did Oh Gong do that caused him to be locked up for 1000 years? Certainly it was about more than failing to deliver a fan. Was he the one that left the priestess at the altar? Maybe he was about to get married while drunk?

Is Oh Gong the dragon that she is prophesied to wake? The throne chair in his lair is covered with dragons.

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And one other thing:

Why is the show's director constantly 'hanging a lantern' on his use of mirrors? He constantly uses them to reflect the faces of characters of the immortal world. Two mirrors were sitting outside the sarcophagus. A mirror reflection was even used as a camera shot of the ancient tree.

Are they making allusion to "through the looking glass?" Is the story going to end up having a narrative structure like Lost or the Sixth Sense?

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Or *gulp*...Big?

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@arusingh DUDE I would pay to see Ma-wang's reaction to Oh-gong being his son in law LOL.

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@naelap even i would. It's like watching who's more grieved with the discovery?? Mawang having a thug like SOG his daughter happens to love and is bound to her through Geumganggo plus we all know how highly he thinks os SOG (like 'a rascal like hin would never stop for something like love' or 'he would try to get rid of Samjang') I'm sure he'd be crying more than he would ever have in his whole immortal life.
And I'm sure the great sage, Son Oh Gong will pass out due to shock. I mean the way he has treated Mawang and Jin Sun Mi and how he told Mawang he's going to look for a way to survive. I'm sure he will know better and kiss all his options of getting married to Sun Mi goodbye. He'll have a lot of buttering and repenting AND convincing to do.
Hell I'm most excited about how will they treat each other for the first time. Them being formal, Oh God I love the images. 😂😂

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@allphryne I'm sure Son Oh Gong will never get a 'You passs' from Mawang. 😂😂

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Let this happen. Which gods must a pray to let this happen? Can you imagine MW having to put the monkey stature next to his bull statue for all eternity. Can you imagine the pain in his eyes at his half monkey grandchildren? Can you imagine how his heart will break when they ask for beef? Omggggg

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@mollyp yes I'd love to watch it. Mawang serving beef to his half monkey grandchildren. God, that would be a sight to watch. 😂😂 He'd surely get a heart attack. His daughter marrying SOG. Oh god. This would be worse than any of his nightmares. Let's pray all the drama gods to make this happen.

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Oh the images, I love it. @naelap I'm sure Mawang will torture Oh Gong like hell, before that 'You paaassss' comes. He's going to make Oh Gong realize the real pain (if he hasn't already, knowing his girlfriend is Mawang's daughter. 😂😂) Plus he'll make him do most ridiculous things too.
And after the marriage, I'm sure Oh Gong will take his revenge. He'll ask his kids to paint the bull statue like a milk cow again and Mawang can't even clean it. Imagine Mawang taking his grandchildren to eat beef. 😂😂 He'd die crying on his fate. Please dramagods, let me watch it just once. I can see practically imagine Oh Gong leaving his kids with Mawang and enjoying with Jin Sun Mi in Japan while Mawang has to take care of his grandchildren. 😂😂

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@arusingh HAHAHAHA omg now let's all pray Sun-mi is his child LOL. Just so we can get these awesome scenes we're already imagining. He'd die crying over his fate while Secretary Ma would ask him "Should I kill the children?" and he'd be like his usual "Yes--NO!! Kill SON-OH-GONG"

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In actual story, monkey fights iron princess and bull king's son red boy to save the monk..the boy is inchanrge of some fiery mountains.. and has the power of fire.. in the story monkey and bull king are somewhat akin to sworn brothers.. thus making monkey and redboy relatives..

as result of fight, redboy loses with similar bands as GGG binding him (by bodhistavva)..

Iron princess gets furious on what her son goes through and thus creates obstacles in the journey to seek revenge on monkey ... but monkey steals the fan and she is also banished

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That info really helps. The show started with the Bull King conning San Mi to get the fan from Oh Gong's prison. Reason: so he could 'put out the wildfire' that was burning on top of the mountain. That scoundrel! His intention was probably more like 'fan the flames' of fire.

Poetic justice: The heavens used San Mi's actions as the rationale for turning her into Sam Jang.

(And her mission is to defeat Iron Fan and the Bull King's zombie son?)

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I getting lines around my mouth from all the smiling. At least Im not frowning right?

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"It's only been 8/9 years since she was thrown out of heaven right? "
actually it's her 9th reincarnation so around 900-1000 years since (the length of MW's abstinence)

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So disappointed in General Frost and Mawang. In the end Mawang is jus a selsifh demon who doesn't deserve to be a deity. His lover sin is just too big to be forgiven.

Sunmi is so pitiful. She has such great power and was asked to complete her mission as. Samjang but no one was there to guide her. She is left clueless and once again used by them

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It sounded like he was protecting Summer Fairy. I think she was suppose to disappear or die, but Asanyeo prevented that by letting them share the same body.
He looked genuinely scared when he saw Asanyeo.

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I also think that it's an "illegal" thing to do, and if he disobeys Asanyeo, his sister will be gone. That's why he does whatever Asanyeo tells him to do.

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I was disappointed with MW and General Frost, but I think SOG and MW's conversation about MW taking up BJ offer and MW going "would you do the same if you were in my situation?" sort of helped alleviate a tiny bit of my resentment. There has been a theme of love being a weakness and being used as a weapon -which is what the GGG does.

I do like they used the PK and BJ example as love being something that could possibly override darkness.

So it's really a double-edged sword.

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I like this analysis!

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Good point of the theme of love being a weakness. In a way MW was being very selfish when he betrayed SOG in the operations to trap the priestess and when he used SM’s blood in exchange for the priestess’s help. But SOG seems to be understanding about it because he would have done worse things if it was to save SM.

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Yes and that applies to general Frost too. He betrayed others to save his sister plus he's even trying to save Oh Gong too. But I'm not sure if SOG will forgive him or spare him.
Plus as much as I love this dynamic, now I want the show to portray how love can be the biggest weapon, and not just weakness. There's nothing more powerful than love and it's a high time the heavenly realm should experience it. I'm already loving how both Mawang and Son Oh Gong have started fighting for love. I will love yo watch them being victorious becoz they love someone and had to save them.

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It seems like they've created the characters using the template of greek gods. They were all greedy betrayers who couldn't be trusted.

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Thank you for the fast recap. Mawang is basically a shit maker. LOL. Will comment more after I read.

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the last episode's line of SOG being MW's First Shit and had the gall to criticize the priestess aka MW's Second Shit had me LOL-ing for 5 minutes straight lmao

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Where was this? i must know!!!

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In the last episode when they came home after meeting Patriach. They were fighting and that's when Mawang said that. He spitted on monkey statue. And SOG kicked bull statue. It was hilarious. At last SOG said to Mawang who was on stairs and spitting on monkey statue that Mawang stop spitting. Are you crazy?? And i laughed so hard.

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This drama keeps getting better and better. Although i hope the team starts working together for this bug mission already
As much as i love Buja, her character is a total filler to the drama.
At least i'm happy that Samjang power is finally found in this episode. She isn't just a bait afterall

And damn.. Hungry monkey is really hungry.
He really wants to 'eat' her huh...

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My favourite moments from this episode-

1. Chil Gongie is so cute and he burns the evil priestess ❤️
2. OGs defence of why Sa Jeong is the perfect husband! I feel the exact same way
3. PK not giving up on Bu Ja
4. Dragon prince is still following PK around in a progressive cute LGBTQ side romance/ crush
5. All. The. Kisses. So adorable. Possibly and arguably the cutest scene in Kdrama in recent years. I have watched it about 25 times
6. OG preparing semantic farewells for MW and dramatically preparing for his death
7. OG telling MW to not die
8. MW in his hot heavenly regalia all angst with a mane of glory (rawrrrrr)
9. A little bit more background on Iron Fans punishment
10. JSM being childish like SOG- love it when’s she sassy
11. JSM finally has powers!!!!! I agree it was abrupt in their introduction and a definite missed opportunity for laughs, but THS may have been trying to build to a scene where she discovers her ability in a life and death situation? It could’ve been written in better though. She’s not a bystander anymore! Wooohoooo
12. Ugh the proposal. He’s truly in love. Take the GGG off! I wanna see unfiltered love! And he still can’t hurt you once it’s off because of your deal and he still has to come when you call him! Do it!

I love our OTP. I really do. They are one of the top 3 things about this show, but I really miss his annoyance of being in love with her. He was so pissed all the time! It was just a really fresh concept! Guess I’ll go watch ep 3 to 8 again! But I love his growth and progress and their mutual feelings for each other ❤️

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Right? I love my otp so much
With how much he tried to get out of his contract and GGG, he sure is trying hard to bind her with him even more.
Monkey is crazy in love!!
I love sassy Sunmi too, esp when she grabbed her collar lmao.

I don't want to see her doing any noble idiocy though (which i suspect soon enough)

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It’s a Hong Sisters drama! Noble idiocy is totally around the corner! But before that more sass from SM and more swoon from OG and let MW be ok please!

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He's trying to make sure he's binded so heavily with her that he wouldn't have to survive alone. He's planning to protect her no matter he himself lives or dies. He already had a lifelong contract to protect her, then he has GGG love, plus he loves her already truly. And now an eternal marriage contract. I'm sure there will be some his conditions to protect her and let him be there the moment she's in danger. Or that she won't die without him or before him.
And yes Noble idiocy, something that i both hate and love. As much as it try to convey the extwnt of love one harbours, it's an extremely stupid thing to do. Trust your beloved at least this much that he can get you out. Doing it for the sake of him, not even knowing if this is how it is supposed to be. Tampering with fate often causes the fate to be even more worse. So i think she shouldn't do it. Even though i cant blame her.

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He wild extreme mood swings were gold!
"I so badly want to eat her with these sauces. But then she'd be gone and I'll be so sad."
*rofl*

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I miss that so much ❤️ Although I love the sincere smouldering love confessions and kisses

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I miss it really. He's fab.

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I agree with alk the points. And no. 5 is my personal favorite. I mean really it was just so adorable. Show are you trying to kill me?? I can't die without knowing the end. I guess I'll become a demon too.

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I'm dead and a demon. the kisses murdered me. The intensity sapped me of my life force. I can now live forever with Kim Shin or SOG, whoever will have me.

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That's a good way to spend eternity count me in 😀😀❤❤❤❤

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Count me in too. Although I'd really really really love to be with Kim Shin but after ep 13, Son Oh Gong sounds better. I mean if he can kill us by kisses. So if i have to make a choice, it would be SOG.
Or else I'll more than happily comply to living with bith of them. 😘😘

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Those moments when he was angry that he loved her were awesome! I thought it was a good riff on how gruff heroes tend to get a little testy when they have feelings for the heroine, but they don't understand what new mysterious feelings they are experiencing or why there are feelings. SOG knew exactly what and who the problem was.

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I found those moments so hot but hilarious. like he's so into her which is swoon worthy, but he hates it so much which had me absolutely cracking up. it was just so new and funny. I mean I'm not complaining about the kisses and romance, but didn't you just die laughing when he tried to trick her for a kiss? Or was like "you called me to your bed so late at night?" with this sexy smile . sighhhhh. At least JSM isn't hurt by his comments anymore I suppose?

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thank you for the recap

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“That table had been through a lot please give it a happy ending too”

LMAO

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The table should stop serving such a wishy washy guy like the Patriarch. Let's bring it into Mawang's condo so SOG, MW, Secretary Ma, PK, Alice, BJ, CEO Sa, and Sunmi can all have dinner together.

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Um. That was probably the most kisses I've ever seen in a single episode of watching Korean dramas. IT WAS AMAZING.

But for real....every episode I'm like "LSG cannot be any hotter" and then BAM he serves up more hotness. *breaks the replay button*

I'm so happy that Sun Mi is told by Oh Gong and the Patriarch that her blood is indeed more powerful than the Priestess. Because my ultimate happy ending involves neither of the two dying or being reincarnated, GGG off, and Sun Mi rocking the high-earning CEO life while utilizing her newly found powers to continue making a butt ton of money and helping out the ghosts/fighting monsters with Oh Gong.

Also, I love this running gag dynamic of Oh Gong being a maiden that needs to be protected from the lusty Sun Mi. XD

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Lmao at lustsy Sunmi hahahahahahaha

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Did I miss this gag? Or have I not seen it because there are no ep 13 subs? I MUST KNOW! I LOVE THE IDEA OF THIS GAG! (Unless Im really dense and have just missed it).

LSG is just..... Rawr..... since he back from the army. He's so confident and sexy. I also think the haircut makes him seem more mature and shows off his new angled face. He's just manlier! And yes all those kissessssss

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At this point, I have become a broken record of exclaiming to my friends and online how hot Seunggi has become!
he's always been good at kissing scene, but dayum that kiss! *fan myself

If I can't have Oh Gong, can't I please take chil gong (in Oh Gong form) too? or another available number-gong?

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It's kind of subtle and how I interpret the part in episode 11 when Sun Mi and Oh Gong are alone in his room and she says it's dangerous for her (because of her feelings). Then in episode 13, they're alone in Sun Mi's apartment (marriage proposal part) and she tells him to leave then rushes off. Oh Gong puts up his hands covering his chest and says, "Is she trying to protect me? Because her Oh Gong is special to her?" Then his face just changes and he's like "But I wish she wasn't"--it's pretty much LSG's acting that is killing me lmao.

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There was also that moment, during the episode with the kimono girl, when SM was like she and MW should go into the film together because Our SOG was placed in danger during that trip to the photograph.

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Haha, yes, that too! Seriously, so cute! <3

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Ah yes! Ive yet to see ep 13- I need subs- but Im so looking forward to it! Its too cute! and ep 11 all the danger talk- making me squeeee with delight! I remember the 'our OG' scene- it was the cutest!

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Ah, I see. Yeah this episode has a lot of cute and swoonworthy moments. :)

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Even i broke the display button today. And even if it was most number of kisses in one episode, I'm still not satisfied.
And the mentioned running gag, God there's nothing I'd love more. Plus I'm not liking the protecting part. And I'm sure even Oh Gong doesn't.
I'm happy that now Sam Jang can't be just controlled. She's as powerful and special so she won't be treated badly niw and we can now see a hope of our OTP fighting side by side.
Plus Lee Seung Gi is really getting hotter day by day. It's not fair. I can't even have him. Or may be JSM will kill me or change my fate.
All in all I'm so happy (poor Mawang, I'm sad for him though.)

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PK is breaking my heart. All the others have accepted that the person-formerly-known-as-Buja is now the Priestess but PK is still hanging on to the hope that she is still there. And his pig-headed resolve is working, somewhat. But I'll be totally crushed if that Priestess harms PK in some way.

It's fun to see that the Dragon Prince is now embracing his female self. Ha!

Also, if Sam-jang's blood woke up Buja, isn't it her blood running in her body? Then doesn't that make the Priestess's blood just Sam-jang's blood since she's using Buja's body? Or is the blood tied to the spirit who possesses body, i.e., since the spirit of the Priestess is now in Buja's body, then that's her blood? I'm really quite confused.

Love the appearance of the plushie monkey army. Well, at least two of its members. Ha! More of them please?!

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I think it's just a drop of Sam-jang's blood so it doesn't give Buja's body the same power. Mawang also has a drop of that lotus-scented blood in his body from when SOG tricked him.

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The PK and BJ [well priestess-wearing-BJ's-skin] moments give me hope! Maybe love will conquer all, and BJ will push the priestess out somehow!

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I expect that.

And nobody complains that Priestess smells, so the body decomposing thing is probably fixed. So when PK succeeds in rescuing Buja she might come back as a living person, not a zombie.

Wonder if PK might arrange a face-to-face between Priestess and Buja's family -- since Buja is inside Priestess that might draw her out.

We can hope.

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