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Abyss: Episode 2

Abyss continues to charm its way through a murder most foul, and while that probably seems like an oxymoron, this show somehow manages to make it work. Our heroes have a rough go of figuring out their new lease on life, but at least they’re together and it’s so endearing I never want them to be apart.

 
EPISODE 2:“Living, Not Dead”

Min shows the newly revived Se-yeon the Abyss, explaining that he brought her back from the dead and identifying himself. Se-yeon understandably thinks he’s crazy, but Min rattles off all of the men she’d dated over the years instead of him and she cuts him off when he starts to recount the time he’d ordered 5 chickens when her parents opened a restaurant. Se-yeon snaps that even if she believed him, why was he reborn gorgeous and not her. Heh.

Min admits that’s not his doing and reminds her of Abyss’ rule that it revives people in the form of their souls. Se-yeon takes Abyss from him and stares at it in shock while Min throws his jacket around her shoulders. Min reasons that while it sounds insane, there’s no other explanation and Se-yeon agrees… and then vows to figure it out, herself.

Fellow prosecutor Ji-wook exits the station with Detective Dong-chul. Ji-wook is on his way to Se-yeon’s burial, but Dong-chul can’t go since he’s still searching for Min. Se-yeon accosts Ji-wook at his car, guessing he’s going to her burial and volunteering to drive. Ji-wook mistakes her for his and Se-yeon’s co-worker that relocated to New York, wondering why she’s being so pushy.

Se-yeon’s voice warbles as she reveals who she is, begging him to hurry since she needs to get to the site before the casket is buried. Ji-wook demands an explanation but his hand on her wrist triggers Se-yeon’s memory of her murder. Someone had suddenly attacked her in her apartment and tied her up, blindfolded. As he stabbed her, he rasped, “You didn’t know you’d die, right? I didn’t think I’d get to kill you either.”

The flashback is too much and Se-yeon collapses. Min runs out and catches her just in time, frantically calling her name as Ji-wook watches with increasing confusion. At the hospital, Min pesters the doctor to examine Se-yeon again since she still hasn’t woken up. Apparently he’s already made them perform multiple tests that all came back clear and the doctor firmly tells Min that Se-yeon is sleeping and he just needs to wait.

Two nurses gossip over Min’s devotion and while one is tickled by what a great boyfriend he is, the other is clearly bitterly jealous and sends Se-yeon the stink-eye. Min is thrilled when Se-yeon finally opens her eyes. He tells her she’s at the hospital and Se-yeon panics that she’s missing her burial. Meanwhile, Dad and Ji-wook shovel dirt over Se-yeon’s casket.

Park Ki-bum (the father of one of the Eomsan-dong Killer’s victims) sits before an altar for his deceased wife. He places a box cutter on the table and tells his wife that it’s over now. Clutching his daughter’s bloody uniform to his chest, he sobs.

At the prosecutor’s office, a coworker delivers a box to Ji-wook, seeming to think it’s yet another gift from his girlfriend. Ji-wook’s uneasy expression suggests otherwise and he opens it alone in his office to find a note, though we don’t get to see what it says.

Meanwhile, Se-yeon storms out of the hospital as Min chases after her, weakly protesting that her burial is over. She snaps that she’s not dead but her parents are grieving and Min can do nothing but follow after her. At the cemetery, someone is already digging Se-yeon’s grave up, however. It’s Ji-wook and he stumbles back as he unearths the coffin to find it empty.

By morning, everything is back in order as Min and Se-yeon stand at her grave. Min chatters that it’s probably best they don’t dig up the casket, since her parents won’t be able to accept the truth (that she’s been reincarnated in a different body). Se-yeon cuts him off to ask for the soju they’d bought and pours it over her grave, vowing to find her murderer.

At work, Ji-wook learns from Dong-chul that while Min’s credit card has been used, he hasn’t appeared. Additionally, the amounts are too small to suggest theft, so they’re considering Min had an accomplice. Dong-chul starts to mention Se-yeon’s work on the Eomsan-dong Killer, but Ji-wook snaps that they should be focusing on her murder right now.

Se-yeon leads Min into her apartment and instructs him to tie plastic bags around his shoes as she does the same. Min questions whether she really needs to see the crime scene but tramps down his own uneasiness when Se-yeon gripes that he can leave. Se-yeon is also shaken by the scene, but pushes aside the flood of awful memories to scoop up some of her business cards that were scattered on the floor.

They’re interrupted by the sudden appearance of Dong-min’s detectives who’ve come to clean up the mess at Ji-wook’s suggestion. The detectives bark at them to leave and Min is anxious to comply but Se-yeon doesn’t budge. She asks if the forensics are done, fibbing that she’s a relative of Se-yeon which Min immediately backs up. The detectives assume they’re also there to clean.

Afterwards, Se-yeon eats heartily at a restaurant while Min can’t seem to stomach his food. He calls her odd, but she argues that despite being resurrected from the dead, she’s painfully average. She grumbles at her appearance and Min agrees that compared to her previous form, she’s more common now. Se-yeon’s stink-eye has him quickly backpedaling that common isn’t a bad thing.

Min finishes that she should just accept this is her soul’s appearance. “How am I supposed to navigate this world with such a hideous body?” she whines and Min snaps that she became like this because of her shallow views on life. They bicker about their souls and Min finally suggests that they should be nicer since they were given a second chance.

Se-yeon saunters off, but pauses to flash a newspaper headline of her death, calling Min a murder suspect. Min cries that he didn’t kill her and as they walk, Se-yeon agrees it’s an odd leap. She does tease that no one held a grudge against her like Min did. He demands why he would kill her and then bring her back and Se-yeon shrugs, “Who knows what a psychopath thinks.” Hee.

She detours to a coffee shop and tells Min to cover her bill, citing that she’s just been revived and has no money. Min grumbles that there’s no denying she’s Se-yeon but as he pulls out his credit card, Se-yeon yanks his arm back. She drags him outside and chides him for leaving a trail when he’s on the run from the police.

Min finally clicks to why the detectives seemed to always know where he was and Se-yeon snatches his wallet. She starts to say they can only use cash but only finds a few small bills in his wallet. Min sheepishly points out no one carries cash these days. Looking him over, Se-yeon gets an idea and drags him to a pawn shop.

Min’s wallet, watch, and even shoes are quickly exchanged for cash as Se-yeon barters with the owner for the best deal. Next, Se-yeon hits the subway station and bribes a homeless man so they can each get burner phones. Min cheerfully tells Se-yeon to put him as number 1 on her speed dial and Se-yeon snips that he’s so old-fashioned.

Meanwhile, Park Ki-bum receives a mysterious package from a bike messenger. Inside is a note we can’t read and a bloody piece of glass? He looks up in shock, wondering if someone is still alive. Hmm…

Min asks Se-yeon if they should eat now that they’ve gotten cash and phones, but is immediately shot down when he suggests beef. Se-yeon points out that they’re too strapped for something fancy and leads him to a convenience store. As she loads their basket, Min pouts that her haul costs as much as a restaurant but Se-yeon ignores him.

They start checking out, but the food items are past their expiration date. The young cashier offers to replace them, but Se-yeon sighs that it’s a violation of the sanitation act and this convenience store was just recently issued a citation for the same thing. The young man pleads with Se-yeon not to report it since he’ll surely be fired and she agrees not to make a fuss… but wants something in return.

Se-yeon happily pours herself a drink as she and Min sit outside the store with their (free) haul. She explains that this store is notorious for leaving expired items on the shelves and pocketing the money from the unsuspecting buyers. Min pities the cashier, but Se-yeon quips that Min should worry about his own problems.

Min chides her for breaking the law despite being a prosecutor and Se-yeon snaps that they have to survive while living like ghosts. A wave of guilt washes over Min and he apologizes to Se-yeon for not doing things differently that night and preventing her murder. Se-yeon doesn’t blame him though, and says it’s her fault for making him buy her hangover drinks.

The store’s CCTV catches her eye since it’s pointed in the wrong direction — out towards the street. They head inside to watch the footage from the night of Se-yeon’s murder as she explains that the killer would’ve had to pass this convenience store going to and from her house. Unfortunately, the footage is incomplete as the cashier (who had initially turned it away because his boss was spying on him) had turned it back towards the counter.

The cashier’s boss suddenly returns and he makes Se-yeon and Min hide. He leaves after chewing the cashier out and Se-yeon and Min start to leave. The cashier’s mention of his boss’ habit of parking backwards sparks an idea in Se-yeon and she confirms that the manager had done the same on the night in question.

At home, Mom is furious that Min has been labeled a murder suspect. She instructs her assistant to do whatever it takes to make this go away and find Min. The housekeeper eavesdrops anxiously at the door and then runs to her room to pull out a bag with Min’s bloody clothing.

Se-yeon and Min head over to Se-yeon’s parents’ chicken restaurant and she sneaks them in to spend the night. Min is itchy and Se-yeon identifies it as an allergic reaction, guessing it was the nuts he ate at the convenience store. Min says he’s never been allergic and wonders if it came with his new face. He’s suddenly startled by a cuckoo clock and clings to Se-yeon.

She warns him not to add sexual harassment to his murder charge, and Min says that he really wasn’t trying anything. Se-yeon scoffs that he’s chased her for twenty years but Min points out that she looks different now and he seems to have lost interest. Rather, with his new attractive face, Min thinks he’s the one who should be concerned. Heh.

Se-yeon lies awake staring at a vase of dead flowers and tells Min that her mother never let them wither. A few tears escape her eyes, but Se-yeon says they need to sleep so she can catch her killer. Min asks why she won’t just cry, but Se-yeon says it’s a waste of tears. Min pats her head and starts rattling off praises, but gets stuck on the most beautiful, realizing she’s not anymore. He keeps backpedaling to Se-yeon’s annoyance, but succeeds in brightening her mood as they bicker.

The next morning, Park Ki-bum looks at the bloody glass and flashes back to a rainy night. A man gets out of a taxi that Park Ki-bum is driving. He gets out after the man and shoots him with a nail gun. Pulling out his box cutter, he slices the man’s Achilles tendon. Oof! He tells the man that his daughter was murdered and says he’ll return that pain now.

In the present, Ki-bum looks down at the contents of his mystery package and we now see the note reads “You thought it was over. No, not yet.”

Min and Se-yeon eat triangle kimbap on a park bench, but Min is already sick of eating cheap meals. He suddenly asks Se-yeon for 10,000 won (roughly 10 dollars) before realizing that it’s technically his money. Se-yeon grudgingly hands him a single bill and warns him to spend it wisely.

Se-yeon’s parents return to their restaurant and Mom immediately zones in on the fresh flowers in the vase, as Min walks by outside with a smile. Aww, what a sweetie. He returns to Se-yeon and she pesters him as to what he’d bought. Min grows nervous at her proximity and gently pushes her away, muttering he can’t get used to her face. Se-yeon mumbles he’s good-looking for no good reason, but denies having said anything when Min asks her to repeat herself.

The convenience store manager pulls up, then, wondering why they’d called him. We don’t see the exchange, but as Se-yeon reviews the blackbox footage from the manager’s car at an internet cafe, Min asks if it’s okay for her to impersonate a prosecutor. Se-yeon snips that the business card was her own. Hee.

Prosecutor Ji-wook visits someone at the hospital, but it’s clear it’s an unwelcome one as the patient’s assistant nervously tries to usher him back out with excuses the patient is not well enough to see him. Ji-wook notes the putting equipment in the corner and smell of smoke despite the patient supposedly has difficulty breathing. Ji-wook says the man seems to be making tremendous progress, which would allow them to put him back in custody and tells the man to get up already.

The man, who’d been faking sleep, jolts up and snaps that he went to school with Ji-wook’s father, threatening to call him. Ji-wook is unfazed and says he’ll be digging into the man’s (phoney) hospitalization, promising to see him soon. As he leaves, Ji-wook overhears some doctors panicking that the surgeon he’d questioned with Se-yeon earlier, Young-chul, has taken a sudden leave of absence.

Ji-wook receives another call from “J” and this time he answers and we hear a woman screaming to be let out. The line suddenly goes dead and Ji-wook puts his phone away. Meanwhile, Min’s ex-fiancee, Hee-jin runs barefoot through a warehouse and ducks behind a barrel. Someone else follows slowly after, dragging a pipe and humming to himself.

Min checks his original phone and sees multiple messages from his mother and housekeeper, but nothing from Hee-jin. Se-yeon returns from the bathroom and immediately switches it back off, reminding him the signal can be tracked. Se-yeon suggests he stop moping over Hee-jin since she’d stolen the deposit on their newlywed home and ran off after saying she “couldn’t stomach” living with him.

She calls Hee-jin a gold-digger and Min snaps that Se-yeon’s the one that introduced them. Se-yeon changes tactics and says even if Hee-jin changed her mind, Min is now a murder suspect. She suggests he help her solve the case and Min cries that if only she’d come back to life in her original body, she could’ve exonerated him.

Se-yeon bristles and Min asks what her plan is. She brings up the blackbox footage on her phone and says the only person that passed by was a taxi. Min asks why her neighbor isn’t a suspect and Se-yeon says she’s positive she didn’t know her killer. Min spots the cardboard man in the footage as well, but Se-yeon says she knows him. Se-yeon wants to look up the taxi and debates sneaking into her office.

A man with long hair and a scar on his neck walks up the steps of the prosecutor’s office and accidentally bumps into a woman coming out, scattering her papers. She curses at him as he stoops to help gather them. Min and Se-yeon run over to help and the woman storms away once her papers are returned. Se-yeon is appalled at the rudeness of the woman and suddenly remembers where she’d seen her own face before.

Flashback to a karaoke bar where Se-yeon sang and danced while her coworkers cheered, all except for one… Mi-do, the coworker Se-yeon didn’t like (also played by Park Bo-young). Mi-do had clearly been bitter about the attention Se-yeon was getting and when Se-yeon returned to her seat, Mi-do dragged her outside.

In the restroom, the women had faced off. Mi-do admitted she never liked Se-yeon — which Se-yeon confirmed she already knew since Mi-do had been bullying her at work. Mi-do snidely called Se-yeon out on rumors that she got a higher conviction rate because of her looks and then launched into a slew of curses and insults.

In the present, Se-yeon dons a pantsuit and heads over to the law firm Mi-do had been leaving the prosecutor’s office for. She easily impersonates Mi-do (who’s been out of the country) and with Min’s quick thinking, gets the key to Mi-do’s new suite. In their new place, Min opens a box and finds a picture of Mi-do, musing that they really do look alike.

Se-yeon giddily asks to see as well, but gasps when she sees the picture is of Mi-do with Detective Dong-chul, realizing they’re dating. At the station, Dong-chul receives a text from Mi-do (who’s really Se-yeon) asking him to look up the license plate of the taxi driver.

He asks his coworker what it means when an ex suddenly texts and asks something ridiculous and is told she likely wants to get back together. Dong-chul is flustered and the other detective guesses that it’s the girl that dumped him to study abroad. Dong-chul denies it and vows not to give in and text back…

Which lasts all of ten minutes before Se-yeon receives a reply with all the information (plus a plea as to where she is and how she’s doing). Min is relaxing in a bubble bath when Se-yeon bursts in, eyes shielded, to demand he get out since they know the taxi driver’s identity. Meanwhile, Dong-chul anxiously waits for a reply that never comes.

The taxi driver is Park Ki-bum, as we’d seen in his flashback. Se-yeon and Min head over to his address and Min knocks on the door. No one answers, but Se-yeon finds the door unlocked. Min tries to suggest he’ll go first, but she ignores him. Meanwhile, Ki-bum sits in his taxi outside someone’s house, remembering that rainy night and we see a second sentence on the note which reads, “You’re next, I hope you enjoy the pain.”

At his house, Se-yeon sees the family portrait and recognizes him as the father of one of the Eomsan-dong Killer’s victims. Elsewhere, the snotty prosecutor is brutally murdered in her car by the long-haired man. He says she shouldn’t have looked down on him before ripping out her blackbox camera.

Min calls Se-yeon into another room and she gasps when she sees the walls plastered with photos and newspaper articles all surrounding the Eomsan-dong Killer case, one of which is a photo of surgeon Young-chul (who made sutures eerily similar to those on the victims). Park Ki-bum glares up at a house and mutters, “It doesn’t matter if you’re still alive. I’ll kill you over and over again… until you die for good.”

Se-yeon pulls Young-chul’s photo off the wall, sighing that Ki-bum must’ve been chasing after him all this time. Min takes the photo from her, visibly shaken. He says he recognizes the man and not as a famous surgeon. Dong-chul and his team speed across town after telling Ji-wook that Se-yeon had been suspicious of Young-chul and that upon looking into him, there’s reason to believe she was right.

Min reveals that he’d met Young-chul on the day Se-yeon had died — he’d been the man Min had found dead on the street… and revived with Abyss. At Young-chul’s house, Park Ki-bum turns and for the first time we see the long-haired man’s face. It’s Young-chul! He just looks older thanks to Abyss.

Unfortunately, Ki-bum doesn’t recognize him and Young-chul speaks as if he’s his father. He asks Ki-bum inside and won’t take no for an answer. Se-yeon demands why Min didn’t tell her sooner and he says he hadn’t even known Abyss had worked. With horror, he realizes he revived a serial killer.

Ki-bum steps into the house and behind him Young-chul mutters, “I guess you’ll finally get to meet that daughter of yours you missed so much.”

 
COMMENTS

Y’all, I don’t even know where to begin. I had few expectations going in. I saw Park Bo-young’s name and that was enough to sell me — the promise of a murder mystery and some fun supernatural hijinks was just a boon — and boy am I glad I picked this up. I love everything about the switch with Min being the endearing friend with a heart of gold that never got the girl because (while I totally believe she loved him back) she couldn’t let go of the superficial… turning into an uber attractive guy, while Se-yeon gets a taste of what it’s like not being the prettiest person in the room. She needed to be humbled and he deserved to be hot, now that’s what I call a good use of Fate’s intervention.

I love their dynamic and how even after the tables have turned via looks, Se-yeon still wields a certain level of power over Min. Despite his protests that he’s just not into her anymore, I do believe his love for Se-yeon was real and went beyond just her face. However, it’s nice to see him pushing back a bit, arguing that he won’t just be a lovesick puppy she can twist around her finger. Abyss has allowed them a chance to find more equal footing because before Min felt inferior due to his looks and that, more than his appearance itself, was his stumbling block. Regardless, I’m looking forward to Se-yeon having to chase after him for once because Min is still very much hung up on his fiancee, and from the looks of it, she’s not doing so hot.

There’s a lot of mysteries going on other than Abyss (and seriously, Min, I need you to read that manual!) such as why Hee-jin left him in the first place and is now being pursued by a murderous man with a pipe? Is that man Young-chul? Why? And was she the “J” that called Ji-wook? I do like the twist that the man Min saved with Abyss turned out to be the serial killer that then got up and murdered Se-yeon, both because the chain of events that evening is insane but also because it adds a layer to the killer. We know who he is, but since he was revived in the form of his soul, it’s going to be much harder for our heroes to track him down.

On the lighter side, Se-yeon’s new face has set her up perfectly to take over Mi-do’s life for a while. The downside to resurrecting from the dead with a new appearance is you have to start over but there aren’t many resources at your disposal. For now, she and Min are sitting pretty with Mi-do’s apartment as well as her job and luckily (if her phone call to a plastic surgeon right after touching down in Korea was anything to go by) Mi-do probably won’t be back to claim things in the near-future. It’ll make for an interesting reunion, to say the least.

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I'm enjoying this quite a bit, PBY is killing this role (as expected and no pun intended) and AHS is growing on me. The murder and mystery's great and is keeping on my toes but all I can think of at the moment is if the show can somehow find a way to bring our grim ripper duo from episode 1 back. I miss SIG and JSM already 😞

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Surely they will be back to say something along the lines of “I told you to read the instructions!”

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I could imagine that stinkyface SIG yanking the abyss back and say “crazy bastard, look at the mess you made!” 😂

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Or smiling his best smirk meaning he got exactly the mess he wanted!

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But that would mean he gave the guy he accidentally killed a trap. Thats evil 😂

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Thanks for the recap! Episode 2 was, in my opinion, better and lighter than episode 1. I love how all the mysteries seem to be connected. Can’t wait for the next episodes :)

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I was screaming at the TV. Put that abyss back in your pocket! Don't revive someone if you don't know their backstory.

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Abyss’ rule that it revives people in the form of their souls.

So I would be revived as a potato. On a couch.

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Hahaha!

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Make room on that couch, lol

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Or in kdrama terms... switch the potato for a pumpkin sweet potato. These are the yellow colored roasted things kdrama elders eat, sometimes with long strips of shredded over ripe kimchi. And for the couch, switch in the warm spot on an ondol heated floor. Nothing brings out the lazy in you like being warm and cozy on the ondol sweet spot!

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My couch has also become my bed.

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My jaws dropped when I saw Lee Sung Jae show up as the resurrected guy. Holy cow 🐮.

So, is the soul’s face a reflection of someone they know in life, cuz that’s 2 soul doppelgängers already.

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... like, someone they despise for some reason and thought they could never live a day as him/her? We see that in Se-Yeon already, that she doesn’t want and can never accept herself being average, or in her eyes, that girl was far below average. And Min probably hate all tall, good looking guys that effortlessly gains attention and interest of others, because despite his wealth and (probably) well nurtured character, he never got the kind greetings he deserved, but rather nasty snarks.

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I like this theory, it's like Abyss play joke on these coming back to life and make them into someone they despise.

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So, a few questions for the world of Abyss.

1. SY has the form of MD, a living person (assuming MD is alive). Does Min’s form also belong to a living person?

1.a. Will it matter to the story?

2. Will SY-MD somehow encounter the real MD? Surely a chaebol family war will involve high powered lawyers...and in kdrama land there is the one law firm, the one hospital, the one coffee shop, etc...

3. What head slap will be caused when Min finally reads the directions for the Abyss? Hopefully our two grim reapers will come for that moment...

4. The body count is pretty high for a “rom-com.” Any bets on whether this will end up with a higher body count than Confession?

5. The pawn shop and quick mart scenes showed us SY as a master of dealing with the seamier side of the real world. Does Min have any useful real world skills? The story would be more interesting if he was more than pretty pretty...

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#4 Especially because people could be killed more than once. But if bodies keep disappearing then "body count" is not the right term :)

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LOL! That's one body, two, no ... just one again ...

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1- see comment up above.
1a- probably yes.
2. I think they will meet and blow SY’s cover when she’s impersonating her.
3. I don’t think he’ll ever remember because he was too busy admiring his new self to listen.
4. Min will probably revive one more to see the repercussions clearly.
5. I see SY as more than just keen on the real world. The way she comes up with these ideas suggests she’s a habitual opportunists. I suspect he had used her beauty to manipulate others, maybe not cruelly or greedily, but because it was so easy to get help with her past-body, she didn’t waste that asset. Even her coworker made a remark about her stringing Min.

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1. and 1.a. I think Min's form will be important. There is a part in the extended trailer with SY asking CM very seriously "Who are you?" so I think it will be relevant to the plot.

2. These are my guesses: we will eventually find out the real Mi Do is dead. CM's mother will engage the services of MD's law firm and SY and CM will be working to find the killer and clear CM's name.

3. I think SY will dispense the head slaps. She seems to like hitting him :D

4. This seem to be the trend for PBY's rom-coms. No mere fluff for her! (SPOILERS: Oh My Ghostess - possessed murderer/kidnapper married to the woman he crippled by running over her legs; Strong Woman Do Bong Soon - serial killer and kidnapper of women, also strapping bombs to people)

5. To be fair to Min he was the one who covered for them at MD's office and figured out about her home so they now have a place to live. SY has street smarts because of her profession and her working class background. Min has lived his whole life as a chaebol in the lap of luxury so he wasn't going to be much use when they were vagrants. The character description states he is very intelligent so we will probably see more of his skills when they start sleuthing.

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So, taxi driver offed the surgeon/serial-killer, then Min unknowingly Abbyssed him, causing him to change appearance too and ensuring that the detectives will not find the surgeon. Just another day in kdramaland. And next week Min can Abyss the taxi driver so he can go after serial killer again :)

But could Min have Abyssed the flowers and saved the money?

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Do flowers in kdramas have souls? Open for discussion!

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Well, their soul would be the same as their appearance, thus they are revived exactly as they were before. :)

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I was going to say flowers don't have souls so Abyssing them is a no-go!
After seeing FlyingTool's post this may be up for debate. There may well be a "flowers have souls" lobbying group out there.

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I thought the flowers were abyssed. When they were sleeping in the restaurant at night they showed the abyss in front of the flowers, then they showed the flowers through the transparent abyss and the were revived.

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We discussed this with screenshots in the Soompi forum and the flowers in the Abyss are different from the ones Cha Min buys. The ones in the Abyss are alive versions of the withered ones but the ones Cha Min bought were different blooms. Plus the way the scene was shot made it obvious the flowers were from Min.

Maybe the image means the flowers could have been revived using the Abyss, though?

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I liked this episode a lot better than premiere, I like Se Yeon character she's still coming to terms with her death, the idea that although she is alive she lost her family and life she knew, but she is quick on her feet and adapting fast, and she has spunk, and I like that she is not fake humble about her looks and she openly admits she use it to her advantage.
But ML, I don't think he is best example of someone who has beautiful soul, so far he is dumb, petty and superficial.

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I quite like this so far. Visually they make a nice looking pair, they are fun to watch together and I can't wait for the feelings to surface. But there's lot more going on. This is a thematically fitting successor to That Pshycometric Man. There is a murder mystery and suspects galore. I was quite confused in episode 1 by who was who and how many people looked suspicious or had murder motives, luckily the second episode clarified things a bit.

Se Yeon coming back with the looks of the sunbae she hated is brilliant. But instead of the sunbae seen at the airport with long hair it would have been better if she got revived in long hair as she died and cut her hair when she decided to impersonate her. I’m loving the pair’s switch from comfortable digs to almost sleeping on the streets to the lap of luxury. I also like their bickering relationship. They are comfortable and casual together and it was clear when Min heard her murder that no matter what he says about his fiancé he still has strong feelings towards Se Yeon and Se Yeon isn’t as indifferent as she pretends. And if she feels comfortable enough with him to leave her door unlocked for him when she was drunk and set him up with a girl they were much closer than casual acquaintances, he was more than simply one of the many men pursuing her.

I did find the premise of them being reborn with the look of their soul interesting. Se Yeon being plainer than she was was clearly a reflection of the importance she gave to looks before (both in herself as well as Min). They were compensated for their previous lives. I immediately wondered what the serial killer came back as, and I don’t know how to interpret the fact that it’s the same man with a shabbier look with long hair and beard.

I wasn’t expecting Min to be a chaebol heir. So I’m guessing the fiancé was hired to infiltrate the company or something but chickened out and tried to run overseas but got busted. So tired of the pointless dragging the pipe cliche though...

I am curious how the families and their jobs etc. will be handled at the end of the drama with the new faces. I thought Min’s family was quite weird not to look for the stranger they found making himself comfortable in Min’s house even after he disappeared as a declared murder suspect. Does mom really need to see the bloody shirt to take action? With those resources at my disposal he would be the first person I would look for.

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The bloody clothes, when investigated, will reveal the blood of their missing son. Which should then lead to an all out manhunt for ... their son in his new body.

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Thank you for the recap, Sunny!

I loved this episode! To paraphrase: the first episode had my curiosity but the second episode got my attention. Now the plot is all set up, we have a number of mysteries to answer and I already adore our OTP of Seyeon and Cha Min.

Particularly agree with Sunny's comments about how their new appearances have changed the dynamic of their relationship. Rightly or wrongly how we look can influence our behaviour particularly in a society where looks are very important. Now Min has a little bit more self-esteem he is not letting Seyeon to walk all over him like she did in the past and is pushing back a lilttle. Meanwhile Seyeon is learning to be less arrogant and place less importance on looks: both her own and others. Still, I do adore how even tiny and "plain" Seyeon is still the boss.

I love Se Yeon and Cha Min's relationship. The closeness and comfort that comes from years of knowing each other. Seyeon might bitch about him but she obviously trusts and cares for him. Even going back to the first episode she was asleep and drunk but left the door unlocked for him. Or the adorable scene (one of my favourite scenes of the episode) in Seyon's family restaurant where Min comforted her and then they ended up fighting was another perfect example. I actually think he started to teasing her precisely to fire her up a bit which shows how well he knows her. Min is such a sweetheart also: quietly buying new flowers for Seyeon's parent's restaurant.

Lots of very funny scenes in this episode including every scene of them bickering; Seyeon pawning Min's belongings; Min very humbly asking for 10000 won before realising that the money is technically his and Seyeon reluctantly handing over the note - this is even funnier to me now Sunny has told us that is only about $10; poor Dong Chul in turmoil over his ex-girlfriend.

The ending was very creepy. Now thanks to Min's mistake the investigation is back to square one and poor Park Ki-bum is a victim of the same sicko who murdered his daughter. There seem to be a lot of layers to this mystery. We still need to find out what is going on with Min's ex-fiancee and the suspicious prosecutor colleague?

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It's very fun to read all the theories already, because I'm just watching this show without my brain haha. And I like it a lot!

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I was wondering why the two people that gave the male character the abyss, decide to give him something so powerful. It seem very convenient for the plot, for them to just easily handover something that can revive people. Are they gods who are bored and want to see what the human does with it?. Also the soul reflecting how you are in the inside, not going to lie, a little offensive. So if a beautiful man with a horrible personality is revive, he might end up looking like the male protagonist looked at the beginning of the drama? because he is "ugly". So being not socially attractive equal = ugly souls. kinda harsh

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a) They revived him with Abyss because they felt guilty for accidentally killing him. The first person brought back to life by the Abyss automatically becomes the owner.

b) They are not saying all ugly people are ugly souls. It's just the way an Abyss works when it revives people. It reminds me a bit of Buddhism where your positive actions in a past life influence what/who you are reincarnated as.

c) It's fantasy :)

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Thanks for responding!!
a) Thanks for that. I feel like maybe it was an emotional disconnect that I felt with that scene. I guess I was expecting some grand thing, because the abyss is a pretty power thing to just give away without a second thought. Maybe emphasis on how powerful the abyss could of helped or extra emphasizing the importance of reading the directions. IDK maybe the aliens don't find it very important and they did tell him to read the directions. We will find out.
b) I know that the show is a fantasy and I am going to deep, But look-ism is very much a thing. Especially in South Korea were looking good always is very important, it even affects them if they get a job or not. What I want to say, is that if you are a good person but not a particularly beautiful person, if you get revived wouldn't it hurt that you wouldn't look like you have always looked. Let's be honest the actor playing the main character at the beginning will not be consider main male protagonist material in any upcoming rom-coms, because of how he looks. Saying that because you are good person but "ugly", if you are reincarnated or revive you will be "beautiful" gives a weird massage on beauty and accepting social norms of beauty "aren't I already beautiful?". I am getting deep sorry, maybe the abyss also understands social norms and understands that the people of earth are shallow AF, and the only way to recompense a good person is by reviving them in a way our shallow society sees beauty. So that they can enjoy the privilege beauty gives them.
I am enjoying the show, is very fun and entertaining. I will keep watching a see how it goes.

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okay, so 2 episodes in and I really do have a love-hate relationship with this show. I’m so CONFUSED and end up missing key things, but that’s why I’m checking back here for the recaps. they really help a lot so thank you for taking the time to write them up! I was a little underwhelmed by the premiere but Boyoungie never, ever disappoints. I just cannot get used to her being plain or unattractive and it’s like the writers just keep shoving in how "common" she now looks. I know pby had some lines changed b/c she didn’t want viewers to feel uncomfortable about certain comments. looking forward to see if that improves at all. it’s also great that this is her third drama with a supernatural theme! reminds me of Oh My Ghostess with the switched bodies. but anyway, so looking forward to how things play out in Abyss!

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Name of the song at the end of abyss?

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Suran & Coogie - Into the Abyss

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Here's my crazy theory: I know Abyss says they now look the way of their souls but my guess is that they're all being reincarnated as people killed by Young-chul. Anybody wants to bet against him having murdered his own father? And Mi-do going for plastic surgery - I bet she ended up annoying Young-chul in the hospital by being lippy at him.

Not sure about Min's new face ... I'm probably totally wrong

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This drama is the worst drama I have seen for a while. Poor character developments, too many plot holes, poor actings, lack of focus, gezz.... not to mention PBY stereotyping- she basically playing the same role over and over since like forever... such a snooze fest

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I can't wait for the next episode, so i re read the recap,
Thank you sunny.

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I lost it 😱 the moment I realized that Min had revived the serial killer!

I'm more of a rom-com kinda-gal, and I'm not used to, nor do I like bloody, killing scenes, but I couldn't not stop watching these episodes because Park Bo-young is so darn cuute!🤩

It looks like I'll be watching this drama through my fingers. 😣

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