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Hotel del Luna: Episode 13

With the flowers of the Moon Tree gradually falling, the hotel staff begin to prepare themselves for their departures. For our vengeful spirits, punishment for wrongs commited seems to be the accepted understanding of justice, but our guest manager Seo-hee learns that this revenge isn’t as easy as she imagined. Time may have calloused our spirits, but the pain and sorrow from their grudges feel as raw as ever. And when they’re reminded of this pain and embraced with kindness, they may think twice about inflicting damage.

   
EPISODE 13 RECAP

In the hotel lobby, Seo-hee finds Hyun-joong smiling at his phone as he messages Yoo-na, and she asks if Yoo-na knows about his plans to accompany his younger sister into the afterlife. He responds that Yoo-na only knows that he’s waiting for his sister, and Seo-hee doesn’t ask any further.

A guest enters the hotel, and Seo-hee’s expression hardens in recognition. As Hyun-joong greets him, Seo-hee interrupts and leads him into the hotel. In the elevator, Seo-hee confirms that the guest is Yoon Seung-beom, the eldest grandson of the Myungjoo Yoon family line, age 42. She then confirms that he never married and smiles vindictively, saying that it’s a pity that the family won’t have an heir to carry on the family name.

Bartender Kim spots Seo-hee dressed in a fancy black mourning outfit and likens her to Man-wol. Seo-hee informs him that her grudge will be resolved soon, as the last son of the Yoon family has died. She’s heading to the funeral.

Bartender Kim warns her not repeat her actions from 42 years ago, and she assures him that these are different circumstances. Unlike the anger she felt 42 years ago, she feels happy as she’s heading to her in-law family’s home.

Chan-sung and Man-wol wait for Sanchez to come home so that Man-wol can apologize for being callous about Veronica’s passing. Chan-sung orders her to assure Sanchez that she escorted Veronica to the bridge to the afterlife. Man-wol scoffs that she couldn’t have escorted Veronica to the bridge because she’s never been there. Once you step foot on the bridge, you can never return.

Man-wol says that she could assure Sanchez that Veronica is well on her way across the bridge, and Chan-sung wonders how long this bridge is for Veronica to still be walking across it. Man-wol explains that time flows differently in the living world and the afterworld. The short time it takes for the spirits to cross equates to 49 days in the living world.

As the spirits walk across the bridge, their memories from the living world gradually disappear. It’s not that the spirits can’t return to the living world — they don’t return because they’ve lost their memories. Chan-sung comments that it’s a lonesome thought for those who are left behind, and Man-wol promises one thing: “I’ve been here for 1,300 years. If I cross that bridge, I’ll erase many memories, but I’ll keep your memories until the end.”

With mixed emotions, Chan-sung trusts Man-wol to keep her promise and asks how she’ll remember him. Man-wol says that she’ll remember all the instances that he feared for her fate as a reincarnated pig or dog — selling all her cars, disallowing the yacht purchase, taking all her credit cards. She shakes her head at all the aggravating memories, but Chan-sung proudly acknowledges his accomplishments.

Man-wol wags her finger and says that she’ll probably remember his arrogance until the very end, predicting that she’ll remember “Harvard” instead of “Gu Chan-sung.” Haa. Then, Man-wol notices her belonging on her desk, marked with her signature slashed circle. Chan-sung jokes that he may have stolen some other things and tells her look around, and while she looks away, he draws something on his hand.

When Man-wol turns to him, he shows her signature mark on his hand and adorably says that he belongs to her. They smile at each other, and Chan-sung requests that she also remember these moments with him. Man-wol reaches out and interlaces her fingers with Chan-sung’s outstretched hand.

As they head out to meet with Sanchez, Chan-sung receives a call from Hyun-joong. They return to the hotel, and Hyun-joong reveals that the guest is the last son of Seo-hee’s in-law family line. Hyun-joong worries that Seo-hee will commit a similar deed to 42 years ago, and Chan-sung asks what happened then.

We finally learn about the mystery incident from 42 years ago, in which Seo-hee almost crumbled to dust as a demon spirit. A shaman told the in-law family that the burial mound of Seo-hee’s daughter must be removed for the family line to propagate, and the family heeded to this warning. Indignant Seo-hee began to retaliate, almost killing the perpetrators, but Reaper appeared and stopped her.

Hyun-joong says that Seo-hee would have been dragged into the afterlife by Mago if it weren’t for Man-wol and Reaper negotiating Seo-hee’s stay at the hotel. Man-wol trusts that Seo-hee won’t blow this moment, 200 years in the making, and Hyun-joong realizes that Seo-hee will probably leave soon.

Seo-hee looks satisfied as she witnesses the wake, and she tells Bartender Kim that she’ll be crossing over to the afterlife soon. But an unexpected guest appears at the wake — a pregnant woman, who claims that the child belongs to the dead man. Seo-hee freezes in shock as she sees her nightmare unfolding once again.

When Seo-hee and Bartender Kim return to the hotel, everyone nervously waits to hear what happened. Dejected Seo-hee walks away, and Bartender Kim explains that the unmarried man left an heir to the Yoon family name. Seo-hee remembers desperately knocking on her in-laws’ door, begging them to help save her baby daughter. But the in-laws refused to open the door and forbade her from saving this child.

Bartender Kim serves Man-wol at the bar and identifies the man at the end of the bar as the Seo-hee’s almost-ticket to the afterlife. The parents had forced Yoon Seung-beom to break up with his lover, but they had a child out of wedlock. He asks Man-wol if she can stop the flowers from falling, since Seo-hee seems especially anxious about avenging her child’s death.

Chan-sung finds Seo-hee and says that he worried that she would get hurt. When she looks up, she’s alarmed to see Chan-sung in the tiger-print suit. Seo-hee laughs and tells him to change out of this strange and funny outfit. Chan-sung wonders if he should wear this when he escorts guests to the afterlife to make them laugh, but Seo-hee forbids it, as it will ruin their hotel brand. Ha!

Man-wol and Bartender Kim watch them head off to escort a guest to their ride to the afterlife, and Bartender Kim notes how Chan-sung thoughtfully distracted Seo-hee from her worries, and Man-wol smiles in endearment. Bartender Kim tells Man-wol that Chan-sung rejected the offer to date CEO Wang’s granddaughter because he already has a lover, and he says this lover must be happy.

Man-wol confirms that she’s happy, and Bartender Kim wonders why she would be happy. Then, it hits him, and Man-wol warns him not to introduce her man as a potential suitor again. She answers his previous question about making the flowers stop falling and says that she can’t, maybe because she likes Chan-sung too much.

Bartender Kim notes the poetry in blossoms falling upon love and offers a glass of his signature drink, “Tears.” Man-wol rejects this offer, saying that the drink tastes really bad. That ruins the moment, and Bartender Kim wonders how someone who’s consistently rude had a change of heart.

Man-wol tries to snap a picture of Chan-sung in the tiger-print suit, but he’s already changed out of it. She jokes that she’ll get a zebra-print one for him next time (ha, yes please!) and then commends him for momentarily easing Seo-hee’s concerns with this suit. Chan-sung admits that he forgot that Seo-hee is also a guest who needs the comfort that they provide to all the other guests.

Chan-sung asks if Seo-hee’s 200-year old grudge can turn into a curse, and Man-wol explains that all actions have consequences. For inflicting a deep grudge on Seo-hee, the family has been cursed with misfortune, even after 200 years. Man-wol says that time means nothing to spirits, and her eyes turn sad as she says that spirits can exist with their grudges for 1000 years.

We see the lingering spirits — Seo-hee, Bartender Kim, Hyun-joong, and the firefly on the tree (Chung-myung) — and Man-wol says, “Waiting a long time, tied down by unresolved grudge, may also be a curse.” Man-wol asks Chan-sung to be the tiger, like he was for Seo-hee, when Chung-myung appears, and Chan-sung assures her that he’ll do anything for her. He shows the seal on his palm as a reminder that he belongs to her.

Man-wol then suggests that they go eat the tiger’s favorite food: galbitang (which was formerly patjuk, according to Man-wol). She prepares the tiger jacket for Chan-sung to wear, and when he rejects this, Man-wol threatens to strip him of all his clothes.

Chan-sung shrugs off the threat and boldly claims that she won’t be able to handle him without clothes. Naughty! As Chan-sung packs up to meet with Sanchez at home, Man-wol caves in embarrassment at the thought of bare Chan-sung.

Bartender Kim look up at the love-blossomed tree, and Hyun-joong stays positive that the flowers won’t fall so quickly, since it took over 1000 years for them to bloom. Then, he notices the firefly, and Bartender Kim says that he started noticing it when the tree began to change. Hyun-joong wonders if this is the bug spirit that Chan-sung was talking about and why the firefly is alone.

We see that the firefly was around when the tree began to change but also long before this time. Firefly Chung-myung lingered with Man-wol through all phases of the hotel, and we hear Mago lamenting about how he stayed by Man-wol’s side for all these years, unable to show his true self.

But it seems like Mago is stirring up something for Man-wol to finally notice this firefly at her side. Lovely Mago knits and wonders if Man-wol will listen to Chung-myung, now that the flowers have bloomed. She comments how it’s hard to untangle twisted stitches and focuses on knitting them correctly this time, obviously referring to fates and not yarn.

Man-wol finds an excuse to visit a pharmacy, and Chan-sung knows that she’s intentionally there to see the pregnant woman, the carrier of the Yoon legacy. Man-wol says that eliminating the child will resolve Seo-hee’s grudge, but Chan-sung has his doubts. When the pregnant woman holds her stomach in pain, Chan-sung heads over to help her despite Man-wol insistence that the pregnant woman is the enemy.

In the parking lot, Man-wol finds a double-parked car and kicks in out of annoyance. The owner runs over and apologizes, and Man-wol recognizes her immediately, calling her unni. To Chan-sung (and the rest of us), it’s just Mago, but we learn that this is the god of wealth. Man-wol excitedly greets her unni, who’s on her way to lend her wealth powers to a new computer start-up.

Man-wol introduces Chan-sung to Rich Mago and orders him to quickly grab her outstretched hand because it’s full of wealthy fortune. Rich Mago tells Chan-sung to take good care of the guests, especially the first guest, and goes on her way. After Rich Mago leaves, Chan-sung criticizes Man-wol’s discrimination of titles — unni for the rich, oppa for the good-looking. She offers to call Chan-sung unni, since he’ll become rich after his encounter with Rich Mago. Heh.

Reaper tells Bartender Kim that there’s a guest that Man-wol and the staff don’t know about. In a roundabout way, he says, “A being that doesn’t reveal its existence still exists, but we must leave it to exist in its desired way of nonexistence.” Bartender Kim interprets this gibberish as Reaper having no idea about this unknown guest.

Bartender Kim then asks about the evil murderous spirit (Ji-won), and Reaper says that he’s been difficult to track down. Reaper offers a limousine ride to the afterlife for the murdered spirits, since he expects the chase to last long. He explains that evil spirits jump from darkness to darkness, hiding in darkness that isn’t a shadow cast by light.

We see Ji-won hiding in the darkness surrounding Yoo-na, Mi-ra, and Sanchez. As Sanchez looks at photos of Veronica on his phone, Ji-won turns on the gas stove in the kitchen. Sanchez returns to kitchen to retrieve the engagement ring and drops it when Ji-won startles him with a whisper in his ear, “Hello, Sanchez.” Sanchez tries to reach for the ring under the stove and a call from Veronica (?) saves him from the boiling water spill.

Reapers just misses Ji-won and reports Ji-won’s movements to Man-wol. While Man-wol and Hyun-joong have been keeping watch of Chan-sung and Yoo-na, the evil spirit has been targeting others. Man-wol appears in Sanchez’s room to offer lights and incense to keep the evil spirit away, and Sanchez realizes that his injury from the boiling water wasn’t an accident.

Sanchez thanks Man-wol, but Man-wol apologizes. She acknowledges that she spoke too harshly about Veronica’s death, and Sanchez admits that he didn’t actually believe that his pizza could be delivered to Veronica at the hotel. He just wanted to find solace.

Sanchez says that he’ll need to share the incense with Mi-ra, which reminds Man-wol of her existence. She asks if Mi-ra also knew Ji-won, and Sanchez confirms this. Thinking that Man-wol is wary of ex-girlfriend Mi-ra, Sanchez assures Man-wol that Mi-ra has a boyfriend, and she’s out to see a movie with him now. Man-wol notes that the theater will be very dark, but she shrugs that this isn’t her problem.

When Man-wol returns to the hotel, she smiles that things may figure themselves out without her involvement, but she guiltily looks for a distraction when she sees Chan-sung walking down the hall. He asks where she’s been, and she shares that she went to apologize to Sanchez. Chan-sung commends her for becoming kinder, but Man-wol defensively says that he can’t change who she is at rock bottom.

At the pharmacy, the pregnant woman falls and painfully grabs her stomach. There’s blood on the floor, and the ghost of Yoon Seung-beom panics as he watches his girlfriend cower in pain. He rushes to the hotel and asks for Seo-hee’s assistance. Seo-hee tells the guest to wait in his room, and she promises to ask Chan-sung for help.

Seo-hee smiles in vengeance, and she’s caught by Man-wol around the corner. She asserts that she won’t relay the request to Chan-sung, and Man-wol doesn’t intend on getting in Seo-hee’s way. Instead, Man-wol offers to take Seo-hee to the pregnant woman so that Seo-hee can witness the end of the Yoon family line. Man-wol says that someone told her that this wouldn’t resolve the grudge, and she wants Seo-hee to prove this theory wrong.

When Seo-hee sees the weak pregnant woman on the ground, she seems satisfied by this justice. But then, she hears the woman desperately mumbling, “My child…” Seo-hee remembers repeating those same words as she rocked her dying baby in her arms. Shaken by the resemblance, she turns to Man-wol and asks that they call Chan-sung for help. Man-wol looks surprised.

The woman is taken to the hospital, and Chan-sung tells Seo-hee that the baby and mother are alive. Seo-hee shares her full story with Chan-sung: She became pregnant at a late age and gave birth to a daughter. Her husband took in another woman to have a son, and she was ordered to leave her daughter to go pray at a temple for this new child to be a son.

Then, a shaman told the family that the daughter must be eliminated for their family to bear a son, so the in-laws abandoned the child in a shed for days. By the time Seo-hee returned, the neglected baby was nearly dead. She begged for help, but the in-laws refused to open their doors. Seo-hee lost her mind and wandered the streets with the dead child in her arms.

With all the hearsay on the streets, the husband stripped Seo-hee the dead child from her and had her killed. With a knife in her back, Seo-hee fell to her knees and vowed to see the Yoon family line dry, even in death. Back in the present, Seo-hee weeps that she couldn’t see this through.

At the movie theater, Mi-ra eagerly waits for Young-soo, but she’s disappointed when he says he’ll be even later. She angrily shuts off her phone, and the theater lights go dark. In the darkness, Ji-won appears and watches his new target.

Man-wol tells Chan-sung that he was right about Seo-hee and lets him in on her intuition that Mi-ra may be in danger. They rush to the movie theater, but Chan-sung can’t reach Mi-ra over the phone. He knows that Man-wol didn’t tell him earlier because she wanted to see Mi-ra get hurt, and he presumes that she changed her mind after seeing Seo-hee waver. She admits that she had a tiny change of heart.

Then, Mi-ra appears in the hallway, much to Chan-sung’s relief and Man-wol’s annoyance. Mi-ra decided to ditch the movie because she was mortified to watch alone and some pervert kept whispering “Hello,” from behind. That’s the sign of Ji-won, and Chan-sung worries that Young-soo showed up late.

In the theater, Young-soo walks down the steps in darkness looking for Mi-ra. Then, he senses something behind him and slowly turns to find demon Ji-won right behind him. Shocked by this sight, he rolls down the steps.

When Chan-sung and Man-wol arrive, they spot Ji-won at the bottom of the theater. Man-wol vanishes and tries to attack Ji-won, but he disappears just as she lunges at him. Ji-won appears as a shadow on the movie screen and revels in this fun chase. Then, the lights turn on, and they find Young-soo laying limp on the ground. Man-wol calls out to Yeon-woo, but Mi-ra gets to him first, holding Young-soo tightly in concern.

Mi-ra ices Young-soo’s injuries, and he assures her that he’s fine. He thanks Sanchez for letting him rest and tries to get up to leave, but Mi-ra pushes him back down. She says that Chan-sung’s room is the cleanest place in the house (Sanchez: “Your room is just a mess.”) and tells him to stay there to recover. She tries to check if he’s injured anywhere else and orders Sanchez to get more ice.

Man-wol stares at the blossomed tree and recalls her conversation with Chan-sung at the theater. She asked how Yeon-woo and Song-hwa are together, and Chan-sung corrected her that it’s Park Young-soo and Lee Mi-ra now. He explains that they’re a couple now and that he met Yeon-woo through Mi-ra. He decided not to tell Man-wol everything because it would complicate things — seeing someone she despises and someone she cherishes together as lovers.

Looking at the tree, she reflects on Mago’s advice to let these fates pass by, as these are lost memories for the reincarnated. Chan-sung finds Man-wol grappling with her conflicting emotions — of seeing Young-soo and Mi-ra together and about Seo-hee refusing to let her enemy bloodline die. Chan-sung asks if Man-wol killed Chung-myung, and she confirms that he died, not that she killed him.

In a flashback, we see that Man-wol and Chung-myung engaged in a charged sword fight. Man-wol knocked the sword out of Chung-myung’s hand and sliced his back. With the sword at his throat, Man-wol says that she came to fulfill her promise to kill him. He notices the engraving of her name on the sword and asks if Yeon-woo carved it. He sadly recalls how Yeon-woo was skilled with his hands and accepts Yeon-woo’s share in the fate of this sword at his neck.

With tearful eyes full of anger, Man-wol condemns Chung-myung to a slow and painful death after he watches many more die because of him. He asks if there is anything left between them and trembles as he confesses that it’s nice to see her again. Man-wol wavers, and he says that he missed her.

Then, Chung-myung grabs the sword and pierces himself as he pulls Man-wol into an embrace. Ahh! Man-wol cries in shock, and Chung-myung barely reaches his hand up to stroke her hair. He says that this is their last encounter.

Man-wol screams and pulls the sword out of Chung-myung’s body. He falls to the ground and nears death as he coughs up blood. Man-wol vows to kill all of Chung-myung’s people and set the palace aflame, and she forbids Chung-myung from dying before he sees it all.

With his last breath, Chung-myung says, “Man-wol. I will carry you with me and become a restless moon, watching over you.” Then, his body goes limp, and Man-wol cries in heartbreak and mourning under the full moon.

Man-wol narrates that she set the palace on fire after killing Chung-myung and was obsessed with revenge, killing the enemies in her path. She carried the articles belonging to her people who died, and she sought the Moon Lodge. When she found the lodge, she finally saw herself, stained with blood.

She unveils her rock bottom to Chan-sung, admitting that her sins weigh heavy and her resentment runs deep. Man-wol says that she intended on returning to this rock bottom when she encountered Chung-myung, resigned to her fate as a disintegrating evil spirit. Chan-sung says that he can’t make her pain disappear, but he wants to bring her up from this rock bottom. He pulls her into a warm embrace, comforting her about her past.

A young boy waits at the bus station with a drawn picture in his hand. He asks the bus driver if he knows of Hotel del Luna in Myeongdong and says that his mother is there now. Huh, curious.

Bartender Kim runs to the car, where Seo-hee looks like she’s just about to board the car to the afterlife. He’s sad that she didn’t say her proper farewells before going, but she corrects him that she doesn’t intend on leaving yet. She was simply cleaning the car, per Reaper’s request. Haha! Seo-hee says that she’s waiting to see if the child is a son or daughter, and she asks Bartender Kim to make her a strong glass of Tears. Then, she asks if those are tears in his eyes, and he denies this.

At the front desk, Yoo-na tells Hyun-joong that she left a gift for him in one of the mailboxes. She gives him a hint that it’s the day they met, and Hyun-joong struggles to remember. Preoccupied in their lovers’ quarrel, they fail to catch the young boy entering and riding up the elevator.

Seo-hee and Bartender Kim spot the young boy in the lobby and note that young children rarely appear the hotel alone. Seo-hee approaches the boy, who tells her that he’s there to see his mother, and when she strokes his hair, she realizes that he’s alive. What’s a living boy doing at this hotel?

The boy explains to Bartender Kim that his mother appeared in his dream and told him that she’s staying at Hotel del Luna, and Bartender Kim notes this unfortunate side effect of the dream service. Seo-hee retrieves Chan-sung to escort this boy home, but they can’t find him in the lobby. Bartender Kim left the boy to go fetch him ice cream, and the boy disappeared in that window.

They search the hotel from the boy, and Chan-sung learns from a guest that the boy was heading toward the afterworld platform. Chan-sung runs there and sees the car passing through the tunnel. After a moment of hesitation, he decides to run through the tunnel, toward the Samdo River (aka the Sanzu or Styx River). Uh-oh. Chan-sung runs through the seemingly endless tunnel, and he wonders if he’s gotten stuck there.

Seo-hee reports this missing living child to Man-wol, and she angrily marches to the lobby. Fortunately, Bartender Kim found the boy wandering around the platform, and the boy tells them that he saw Chan-sung running into the tunnel. Bartender Kim worries that a living person could never return if they got stuck, and Man-wol urgently runs to the platform.

In the tunnel, Chan-sung breathes heavily and grows lightheaded. He just barely makes out the blinking light of the firefly that flies toward him, and his vision blurs as the firefly makes out the outline of a person.

Man-wol runs to the tunnel entrance with immense concern and steps toward the tunnel, but she stops in her tracks when she sees someone approaching from the other end. It’s Chan-sung, and Man-wol rushes to hug him tight when he exits the tunnel. Chan-sung stands stiffly as Man-wol holds him in relief.

Then, Chan-sung lifts his hand, as Chung-myung once did, to stroke her hair. Man-wol recognizes this touch, and she pulls away in suspicion. She steps back and looks at Chan-sung with a piercing stare. She asks, “Who are you?”

   
COMMENTS

After all that foreshadowing, we finally get Chung-myung, but it was quite the movie to get there. This whole episode felt like a looong drumroll leading to this final moment, and despite the length of this episode that lent itself to meandering, I liked how the pieces came together at the end. The firefly, the hotel’s first guest, Man-wol’s “moon” watching over her, Chung-myung. All the hints make sense, and it’s fitting that Chan-sung is the host of this reunion. Like Mago predicted (or planned), Chan-sung brought Chung-myung to Man-wol, and I think she’s in a place where this reunion won’t trigger her instinctual response to retaliate. A tiny change of heart is huge deal for a stubborn 1000-year old spirit, and I trust that Chan-sung’s determination to save her from becoming a pig did some damage on her darkness.

I’m generally a fan of shorter episodes, and I think this episode could have been benefitted from better story editing for the sake of length and clarity. With all the grudges — Seo-hee’s revenge, Ji-won’s evil attacks, the reveal of Mi-ra and Young-soo — merging in this episode, I think the story got a bit jumbled. I feel the same way about storylines as Lovely Mago does about yarn (read: fates) — it’s difficult to unravel tangled yarn, so you better thread them well.

Evil demon Ji-won feels like a distraction from the better parts of the story, so I’m glad that the show treats it as a minor obstacle at this point. I prefer exploring the tender moments of sadness and solace between Man-wol and Chan-sung. Now that they’ve accepted their inevitable end, I think they actively cherish every moment they have with each other. It seems like they’re bracing for a farewell in any moment, finding joy in each other’s company but immediately realizing how fleeting these moments are compared to the impending heartbreak. I’m drawn to this poignance, and I love seeing IU and Yeo Jin-gu portray these touching moments.

I really loved the last scene, which highlighted all the parallels with Chung-myung’s last moments: the familiar placing of the hand, the dripping water reflecting the dripping blood from Man-wol’s sword, the inexplicable sorrow. I’m not sure what Man-wol’s initial retaliation plans were for when she encountered Chung-myung. Was she hoping to kill the reincarnated version of him? Mistreat him when he came to the hotel as a guest? To Man-wol, the resolution was always planned to be violent, an unforgivable act that would condemn her to incinerate as a demon. Even if Chan-sung wasn’t the host, I don’t she’d have the heart to inflict any damage now. Through Seo-hee, she’s seen that the eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth revenge won’t resolve anything. It’s something else, a deeper source of her anger and sorrow, that she’ll need to confront. And I think she’s ready.

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Ahhh thank you for this recap! I really loved this roller coaster of an episode. Loved that Man Wol is openly admitting to their relationship and Kim Sun Bi’s reaction! LOL!

Cheesy Chan Sung drew Man Wol’s sign on him! I don’t blame Man Wol for that smile one bit.

That is one woman who is thoroughly loved and she blooms like it.

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Yeo Jin-goo in a tiger suit HAHAHA

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And that black bow! 😂

Man-Wol was so proud of him, she offered to buy him a zebra suit next! No guarantee of getting him to wear it, though I wouldn’t mind if she made good on her threat to strip him off his clothes! 🙊🙈

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rawr.
and pair that with him saying that Man-wol wouldn't be able to handle it without clothes. haha.

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I honestly don't think he looks bad in that outfit as he and the others seem to feel.

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It's not about looking good or bad but the eccentricity of the outfit doesn't seem to match Chan Sung. It's like seeing James Bond trying to act like Mr Bean. It doesn't make sense.

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Really. I can totally see Jingoo walking a red carpet in that suit. For Chan Sung though, the point was to feel awkward and funny, which he did. The bow has to go.

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(((The bow has to go)))

I wholeheartedly agree!!

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I actually liked it,hit me!!!And even think it suits him along his Harvard and the way he liked to show off jjaja

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Thank you for the re-cap. Although I believe that 'Rich Mago' is not Ma-go at all- I believe that the God of Wealth is a completely separate entity- which is why Man-wol was so excited to see her. Man-wol and Ma-go apparently have regular dealings- the God of Wealth, in contrast, seldom has much to do with the Inn of the Full Moon.

Having Chan-sung shake the hand of the God of Wealth is an act of Love on Man-wol's part. In the previous episode we learned that Chan-sung will live a long life. Man-wol is trying to make sure that after she leaves him it will also by a very prosperous life as well. If Ma-go is involved it is perhaps simply in arranging for this meeting in the first place- perhaps to make it easier for Man-wol to let go when the time comes.

Yes, there were a lot of threads in this episode but to me it made it that much deeper, rather than confusing. This show continues to amaze me- and the story is so much more than I originally expected.

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I think Mago exists in plentiful forms rather than just one, with one purpose. Mago is meant to be multi-faceted, and though they do carry the same face, they are different gods dealing with different aspects. That's why the Grim Reaper was reprimanding Manwol for attempting to number the god(s).
Also, even if Manwol holds a grudge against one of the Mago(s), Manwol being Manwol will never turn away the God of Wealth :D

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Almost like they are managers of different departments in the same conglomerate, so the MaGos are basically chaebol hahaha.

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I guess for the simplicity and comedic effect, this drama took all deities and group them under one name. It’s not a bad idea.

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This is, in fact, morph out of later Hindu mythology. Around 1st century C.E., Hindu scholars believe that all gods are just different reflections of sort of one "ultimate god", and the many Magos (Wikipedia said it's 12) is just following that concept.

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I have replayed this episode about three times and my reaction is always the same. I ended up screaming in frustration followed by a bout of crying. It was a very emotional episode full of many stories.

There was Ms. Choi's back story with the Yoon family. In the end, she could not let the baby die because it reminded her of her suffering years ago. It was pretty much a hard pill to swallow but her having a mother's heart prevailed.

Chungmyung's last moments with Man-wol pretty much confirmed that he did every vile thing he did just to save her. The end does not justify the means as they say. Man-wol was hurt in the process and never knew of anything CM may have done for her. His death is something that he thought could only atone for his sins but the way he did it made Man-wol feel even worse. All through these years, he never left her despite her never noticing. I guess Ma Go really did plan everything to force them to finally have that long way overdue talk. Big kudos to Lee Do Hyun and IU for the excellent acting in this episode. The cliffhanger was really something else.

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Sometimes what we think might be good for others is what they don't want or hurt them the most. That's why communication is super important to any relationship.

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After ep 14, HS' description of CM totally makes sense to me. CM is not a bad person, far from that, but a coward one. Made a decision in such a difficult situation, okay, but live with it! Compared to MW, he is totally a loser. MW did not make excuses for the crimes she committed, for the deaths of her men and her enemies. She was willing to pay the price. CM could not hold a candle to her. How dare someone think they can be together?

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Chang Myung: I’m in the minority of people that didn’t really care for him as a character and this episode really solidified that for me. I would’ve preferred if he’d reincarnated instead of lived as a firefly because it felt so dry after we saw how his death scene played out. These are my thoughts before seeing episode 14, so maybe there’s more to the story, but I hated that he selfishly killed himself and didn’t even give her satisfaction of killing him to get her revenge. Then, he selfishly decided to punish himself and stay by her side for 1000 years as his form of “repentance” and for me their relationship throughout has been him acting as a noble idiot doing what HE thought was best for her rather than what was actually “right”. In a previous recap someone said CM had sacrificed Man Wol’s love for him......but he really didn’t sacrifice anything lol yes she hates him and that sucks cause he loves her, but he still was the reason her people died. She literally watched Yeonwu die a heart-wrenching death in front of her. He didn’t give her any form of an explanation when he went to her prison and even if he couldn’t, he didn’t bother fighting for her until the end. Had he died trying to prevent Yeonwu from being hanged or Man Wol’s people from dying (i.e betraying his people for her), I would have believed that this was true love because his sacrifice would’ve been palpable/ noble. All I was left wondering after he died was “what would have happened if Man Wol decided to wait years before taking her revenge or if she would’ve never gotten revenge? Would he have gotten married to the princess, had some form of a “happy” life while supposedly living in guilt cause he betrayed his love? Would he have ever rebelled, even on his wedding night, and gone to find Man Wol himself? Etc etc” Also, when he was professing his love for her while she was trying to kill him I didn’t feel anything lol maybe that scene would’ve been conveyed better if a stronger actor had played his character, but his line at the end when he said he was gonna watch over her I was just like......”mkay but why aren’t you apologizing/ saying I’m sorry?” I feel like the Hong Sisters tried too hard to make it a romantic/heartbreaking death, but it didn’t really connect with me. Yeonwu’s Love for Man Wol felt the most real and heartbreaking to me and they had like 2 scenes together.

Chang Seong: I like CS’s character overall but I do agree that they should’ve made CS’ character younger, maybe like right out of college or like with a year experience as a manager, instead of supposedly 29/30. It would’ve worked better because he could still learn the ropes about the hotel, while playing his character exactly as it. The reason I like CS’ character is because compared to every male lead that’s ever existed, he doesn’t turn into a comedic relief character after falling in love with Man Wol nor was he ever a rude a-hole in the beginning. He doesn’t force his love on...

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..on her or “work” for her love by being consistently jealous of her love for CM or YW. He simply understands that his role in her life is to get her to pass on peacefully, while they still have moments in the present that involve making memories together for her heart to heal. It’s not that they don’t have chemistry because I definitely felt it this episode when he drew the moon on his hand and said he was hers. I think it’s more like they haven’t been given any of the cliche moments kdramas usually rely on to build romance with bg music playing every 5 seconds. The reason people were so convinced CM and MW had better chemistry was because they had those moments with the slow mo, longing looks, while CS and MW are given like 2 romantic scenes per episode. We didn’t even get the pleasure of witnessing CS actively fall in love with MW. So Jin Goo isn’t at fault for this, the Hong sisters are. We know nothing about CS as a person because his character in this drama is simply to be Man Wol’s “catalyst”, caring for her, bringing her people from her past, and preventing her from making cruel mistakes, so she can learn to love again and move on. CS is a side character main character if that makes sense. This is Man Wols story of forgiveness and letting go, not a romance drama, and CS is just there to play his part and go. He exists for her, if that makes sense and this is why their relationship feels so platonic. It’s actually a nice change since it’s usually female leads that are given like 0 substance while the male lead is constantly a broken person that needs healing and maternal love provided by the female leads.

Overall I actually liked the episode and didnt feel anything was jumbled. And Jin Goo’s acting at the end of this episode, 10/10. It was so subtle but the fact that I felt like CM had possessed him was wow. Probably one of the most intense parts of this drama.

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I agree so much with your thoughts on Chan-sung. Despite being written as a side main character he is just so understanding and caring of Man-wol which is rarely seen in kdramas, the fact that he never gets jealous of Man-wols past love, or try to change Man-wol says so much about his character. Especially in this episode where we see him explain to Man-wol that revenge won't solve your problems. He understands Man-wol and her resentment towards Mi-ra and Chun-myung and he doesn't force Man-wol to see his side but rather guides her towards it.

Yeo Jin-goo is killing it, I just finished episode 13 and i'm very excited to watch the next episode to see Yeo Jin-goo's portrayal of Chun-myung. Those last few minutes was intense! I got so much goosebumps

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The way his eyes changed alerting us to the fact that this was not our Chan-Sung. Oh boy!

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Agree witn CM take, it's even more despicable that he did everything out of "love".

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What Chung-Myung did was pretty consistent with his character, that's how he loves. He thinks this is how he sacrifices for love, for Man-Wol. It's just not what she wants. In Man-Wol's point of view everything is wrong. That's incompatible and the reason why these two are not a good match.

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I don't think highly of CM's EQ. He doesn't understand what MW and others need and offered the solutions he thought would be good for them but in fact, the others were like "meh". You would understand my comment more after watching ep 14.

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All of CM choices at the time were hard - let his men and family die. or let the girl he loves and those she loves die. It was a very cold calculating decision he made. protect all my people and HER, but anyone important to her can be sacrificed. Im not questioning his choice - i guess he did what he felt was best But how does him dying after that make it better? does dying prove that he actually really loved her? i just dont buy his great love for her TBH

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Man-wol being BFFs with Mago #5 (god of wealth) and calling her "Unnie" was hilarious. This girl really knows who she needs to be friends with. HAHA

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i was wondering why she looked so happy to see her, of course nothing makes man-wol smile more than the prospect of wealth

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Chan Sung’s face of confusion was just like everyone watching.😂

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I would definitely do the same thing! 😅

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That scene cracked me up! I must have replayed it 20 times lol

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What I really appreciate about this drama is how each of the characters' action/behavior/thought reflects those of the others. Like how Man-Wol views and learns from guest-room chief Choi that her grudges won't go away by getting revenge (making others suffer the way you have). Or The way I look back and thought about how Yeon-Woo must have felt about Man-Wol&Chung-Myung budding relationship when I see Man-Wol's reaction on Mi-Ra&Young-Soo dating. I have said this many times that we have to put ourself into other's shoes to really understand how they feel and why they act or make decisions the way they did. Many things are easier said than done most of the time. It's easy to criticize one's action but what if we were in the same situation what would/should we do.

The last episode makes me wonder about Chan-Sung's face cut he's got after fighting with Ji-Won. It's the same shape and at the same position as the cut on Chung-Myung's face (the one Man-Wol did). I thought there might be something significant to it. Seems like this is the premonition telling us that we might have the Chung-Myung-possessed-Chan-Sung in the next episode.

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I like how the story is resolving itself step by step. We had some clues and they give us new elements.

CS wearing the suit was the best thing! He really cares about people around him. MW having dirty thoughts was pretty cute too :D

I don't think CM had the best idea to kill himself like that... I can't imagine a single scenario in which it was the only solution. At least, now she loves a Harvard con :D

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Ah, Chan-sung could be so cheesy... :)

Hoping the series will give us explanation why Ma Go chose Chan-sung to be "the host" that reunite the quartet from the past...

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Yeah, I'm curious too. Why him? What is unique about him for Mago to chose him?

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Manwol was doing so well this episode (apologizing to Sanchez, her change of heart towards Mira) but then she’s forced to not only see her best friend dating the hated princess but also reunite with the general. Poor girl must be so overwhelmed!

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The ending really killed me. Yeo Jingoo is such a great actor, even I was convinced he was a different person when he came out of the tunnel. And i love the similarities between MW and CM's last encounter 1000+ years ago and their first encounter years after. The hair stroking and MW's quick recognition that it wasn't CS that she was hugging. Plus the song. Gosh, Punch's Done For Me really hits you right in the heart every time it plays and it always plays during these critical and mostly heartbreaking scenes. Everything about that ending is perfect. Jingoo's talent as playing multiple characters was really highlighted in this episode.

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Punch's song just does me in everytime. Some songs you will get tired of repeated so often. Not this one. At least for me.
I was also impressed by the subtle acting of Yeo Jingoo. I cannot wait for the next episode!

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Ep 13 was extraordinary. Usually the ep leading into the second ep for the week is slower, but this was jam packed.

This show keeps getting better and better. Such a fantastic twist at the end!

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Also I really enjoy these long episodes. Given how great this show is, the longer the better 😂 esp ep 14 which was over 1h 30 min and that had no preview of ep 15.

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This was the episode that made me feel the most emotion to date (and that includes ep14)-- even if a lot of that emotion was rage. the latest layer of reveals succeeded to convert CM from unlikeable to truly detestable (long rant on why on my fanwall if you are interested, not going to talk about it further here).

But it also did an amazing job in showing how good MW and CS are together. Minus the (disappointing) lack of skinship (stop baiting us and start delivering on all those sleep together, take clothes off promises, writers) they feel like a happily married couple. And I love them to infinity and back. I am also glad that their relationship is out in the open and official (the crane was at least smart enough to spread the word).

All the side couples worked extra hard at being cute to compensate for the CM-downer; I particularly liked the bartender thinking ms Choi was leaving and berating her for not saying goodbye…

Also I thought it was interesting how the psycho ghost attacking MR/YS played out; having MW letting MR getting hurt by psycho causing YS getting hurt did a good job illustrating the idea of hidden karmic costs. Hopefully, MW has learned that lesson well.

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Yep, the way it was played there was nothing romantic about CM actions, he came out rahter as crazy stalker than anything else.

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"(stop baiting us and start delivering on all those sleep together, take clothes off promises, writers)"

AMEN!! we need them to sleep together just like Man-wol wanted way back in ep 4 😂😂😂

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Give the 1300 year old virgin some time.🤣🤣🤣

I love these scenes. IU looks so cute and Jingoo looks so hawt!🔥

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Poor Chung-Myung getting himself a lot of anti-fan here. I simply think he was at the wrong place at the wrong time and making the wrong decisions. That's all. Hehehehe.

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I agree on one point: he kept making all the wrong decisions.

if one is comfortable putting all the blame for that on the situation rather than his character... while the writers and the gods seem to have given up on much of the idea of personal responsibility, we are what we do. if that makes me an anti-fan, then be it.

I'd blame it on IU being so amazing at making me feel her loss and her rage. his whimpy excuses fell flat in comparison.

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Don't get me wrong. I didn't mean to label you as anti-fan. What I mean was a lot of people disagree with how he handle things. The term was supposed to be a metaphor but obviously not a very good one, right? I just kind of understand why he did what he did while I disagree with him. That's all.

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As cliche as it may sound, he was between a rock and a hard place. Whatever decision he chooses, someone will suffer.

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this conversation is best had in the ep14 recap, but yes he was in a bad situation (if arguably one of his own making) and he made the best he could of it. even if his best wasn't nearly good enough and caused everyone to suffer.

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I believe the character lead himself into the crevice. I see a lot of comments elsewhere saying CM had no other choice or that he followed Yeon Woo’s idea. That Chan Sung probably would do the same if he was in CM’s shoes. I just don’t see how Chan Sung would make the same choices. Or Yeon Woo either.

Chan Sung would try to save everyone despite what princess and Yeon Woo tells him to do and we can’t underestimate the Harvard con’s ability to defuse conflicts with bargaining, and deception if necessary.

Yeon Woo would probably let her and her people flee first and surrender for punishment.

There were so many in between moments to stop the situation — starting with NOT getting emotionally attached to someone you’re not supposed to and ending with NOT killing yourself with her sword.

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Agree. Chan-Sung would never do anything close to what Chung-Myung did. It's the person's personality&perspective that detemine that person's action. It's just that with his personality, his knowledge, and his perception on how things were supposed to be that leads to all this thousand-year-long tragic.

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I think what I liked in this episode the most was Man Wol admitting to her feeling toward CS and yet being ready to let go and move on into afterlife. I don't know why but I found those moment very touching.

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You know heartbreak is coming but feel that they have made their peace. It is an incredibly mature choice to live in the moment and savoring the happiness in the now while facing the future head on. I'm not sure I could make the same choice. And of course as a viewer, I have that bit of hope that the Hong Sisters will pull out a satisfying, yet happy resolution.

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thank you for the recap! even though i've already watched the episode it's always such a treat to read it again here on dramabeans.

speaking of, that was the best cliffhanger ever. YJG was incredible, the way his eyes went flat while he was stroking IU's hair just confirmed, before any words were ever uttered, that he was CM in that moment. and coupled with punch's song... can this twist be any better?!
with every episode that passes, IU and YJG just show how great they are as actors. last 2 episodes this weekend :(

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I wish Chan-sung's dreams had revealed the truth before Man-wol confronted Chung-myung because I wanted her to meet him as Chung-myung, not as a possessed spirit. If Chan-sung had not fainted, then the firefly could have led him out of the tunnel. I wish Chung-myung had just let Man-wol kill him, not engage her in a sword fight and especially not kill himself. He could have still said his last words and hugged her as long as she impaled him. Man-wol had no idea the firefly was Chung-myung despite seeing it for one thousand years? Even Kim Seon-bi knew the firefly could not be alive since it was inside the hotel. When she was hugging Chan-sung, I figured Man-wol would feel it like how they can tell a human boy from a cold ghost.

I hope Sanchez checked his missed calls and saw Veronica had saved him.

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Man-wol had no idea the firefly was Chung-myung despite seeing it for one thousand years?

Per Mago, nobody at the hotel ever saw the firefly because his light was so weak and he only became visible when the flowers started blooming. My understanding is that he’s not a true firefly (not like he reincarnated into one) but he’s a ghost with a weak soul that can’t even manifest himself into human form.

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Some of my favorite scenes :

# Cheesy Chansung i’m yours awww Manwol is so lucky to have him

# MW’s I like him too much confession ... I feel touched and sad at the same time :”) please let them to have their happy ending in this lifetime

# MW wanted to strip CS
and CS said matter of factly that she can’t handle it...
then MW being the cutest Manwol ever.. after imagining a naked CS 🤣🤣🤣🤣

# The Last Scene!!! Omo... I want to give a standing ovation for IU and Jin Goo’s acting 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 wow just Wow!!!

The change in MW’s expression
From worried and afraid about CS , to immediate relief after seeing him again (I freakin’ love the way she run and hug CS tightly) , then her realization, the moment when she recognized that touch, expression of horror and disbelief.. then turn into anger 👏🏻👏🏻

And kudos to music director (and Done for me OST by Punch) and also the editor for this scene 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
PERFECT!!!! ❤️

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Now lets talk about CM

Yess his story is sad and tragic
But weirdly I couldn’t sympathize with him
I’m just simply mad

I really don’t like with how he handle the things (his decisions and actions)
He makes his own tragedy

Do you really want to die? just die alone!! why you must to use Manwol’s sword and hands to kill yourself 😠

Or do you really want to be killed by MW??
Then just don’t do anything!! Let her killed you the way she want it to be!!!

Poor MW... I think this is one of the reasons for her deep resentment.. because she couldn’t do her revenge “properly”

And what makes me more angry is.. until his last breath, he didn’t ask for forgiveness?? Instead he said he will watch over her .. (this is sounds so wrong, at least for me)

Huff I think I should stop here 😅
At least the last scene made my complaint (about him) subside a little
and I curious about the reason why he decided to possesed CS
My theory is to save CS that trapped in the tunnel

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I think it is obvious Chung-myung possessed Chan-sung to save him from being trapped in the tunnel because humans cannot find their way out by themselves and Chan-sung fainted in there.

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I got the sense that he did it to save Chan-sung too, having observed how dear he is to Man-Wol. Hmmm...we'll see. If so, I can eek out sympathy for Chang-Myung.

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I do believe YJG channeling Chung Myung was his best acting work this drama, I felt that. IU of course was pitch perfect. Ooooff.

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Knetz asked if he does a shaman dance before these scenes. 🤣

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Lmao

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Knetz are not over his incredible dual performance in CLOWNED CLOWN and so do I.
These comments, especially yours is making me want to watch this show.

I'm in for a shaman dance if included lol.

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You should really give it a try.

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I'm swamped but this sounds good for winter breaks :).

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Unfortunately you won’t see him dance.lol This male lead is as stiff as a board, not in a bad way.

The comment about shaman dance is complimenting his acting. He had no dialogue and no expression on his face, and before he moved a finger, you could feel he’s a whole other person. He wasn’t even doing anything yet — no nasty faces or twitching brows. Then when he looks up and just barely smiles it gives you goosebumps.

Personally I thought the cut to show Chung Myeong’s hand wasn’t even necessary. They’ve made Chan Sung’s hug so recognizable already.

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I agree. You knew instantly who he was that the cut was overkill.
Would you recommend the Crowned Clown? I am not one for sageuks usually.

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@books7time I had some disappointment with Crowned Clown but for his acting I would still recommend it. At least more people didn’t think my disappointment was an issue so maybe you will enjoy. Personally I recommend Circle for its nearly perfect script.

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Thank you @geliguolu for the recommendation. I would love to watch Circle. I just have to find a good platform to watch it.

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YJG really upped his game.

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I really didn’t mind this episode being long. Usually the Saturday episodes only served to set up the major conflict of the week. This episode had way more than set up fillers. It was emotional like a Sunday. That cliffhanger was chilling, no matter how many times I replay it, their great acting hits me with disbelief.

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What?!!! Now sleepover after that kiss?
Writernim...🔪 (jk)

The scene in Chan Sung’s room was really sweet, and informative. Man Wol gives Chan Sung the specs of crossing over. On a bridge that takes 49 living days to cross, souls lose their memories bit by bit. Here I see a silver lining for Man Wol’s next life to keep some significant memories of Chan Sung. Chan Sung is really a pro at wooing Man Wol. He’s apparently doing it to make her feel as happy as their time permits, and not to get laid or something.

Poor Ms. Choi, her husband’s family is scum and deserves to die off. Even after many generations they wanted to hurt her daughter. Removing someone’s grave is a huge deal. Asian believe it hurts the deceased for many lives ahead. Ms. Choi’s rage was understandable.

Chan Sung being the best therapist he is finally wears the tiger (leopard) suit to give Ms. Choi a good giggle. I love how Man Wol proudly looks at him cheering up Ms.Choi, like you can tell she’s thinking “that man belongs to me”. She finally breaks it to scholar Kim that she can’t stop the tree from blooming because she loves CS too much, and she’s enjoying it.

Again Man Wol’s teasing backfires. She said she’ll strip CS naked to put on that tiger suit again. He’s like, do it if you can handle it. I know MW is supposed to be 1300 years old but she’s never been in a sexual relationship so I can accept the writers making her act immature in this topic. Plus IU did that expression so well. Cutest looking MW ever.

Mago 5 is introduced as the god of fortune $$. Man Wol shamelessly tells her to come to the hotel often.🤣 She tells CS to take care of the hotel’s first guest, i.e. Chung Myeong.

I almost forgot Man Wol didn’t know Yoong Soo and Mira are dating. This shocked her a great deal, that the deities would play such a sick joke on enemies. I believe this feeling will come into play next episode when she starts (falsely) believing Chan Sung is Chung Myeong’s reincarnation.

First time we actually see Man Wol teleporting. Why didn’t she do it last time when Chan Sung was missing? I guess I’ll have to take it that she needs destination coordinates but she can’t sense where people are.

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REPOST CONT.

Man Wol finally tells Chan Sung how she killed Chung Myeong. I get that CM is a good guy and he loves her. I still don’t like him very much mostly because he keeps sending Man Wol mixed signals, from their acquaintance until his death and even until 1300 years after when he possesses Chan Sung. Not his conscious fault but Man Wol is just really unlucky to have ever met him.

My interpretation of Yeon Wol’s words is: Live as the traitor of Man Wol so she can live on. It’s the concept like putting a rival fishes side by side to stimulate their survival will. He tried to do it, but it seems like at his last minute he changed his mind and wants her to know he loves her. He could have stood still and let her kill him the moment he walked in, but he fought her, vigorously. After she slits his back, he starts rambling what seems to be him feeling guilty for Yeon Woo’s death. If he felt guilty, he could have committed suicide with his own sword, but no, he walks into her sword. Then he rambles more about seeing her as his beautiful bride on their wedding night and he being the eternal full moon that will look over her (no wonder she hates the damn moon). 😒

Really? Yeon Woo gave you one job! If Man Wol killed him by her own hands, she would have at least satisfied some rage through vengeance. If her heart weakened and decided to let him live, it’s still her choice to let go or regret. Chung Myeong’s assisted suicide and awfully delivered last minute confession left the poor girl in utter confusion that turned into a raging massacre. And worse is the killing did fix her confusion and waiting for the answer has become a curse.

Yes, Chung Myeong waited 1300 years near the tree. Poor soul. I should sympathize but I’m having trouble because he seems to need acknowledgment for his love and it just doesn’t seem like genuinely sacrificing for Man Wol.

Chan Sung walks into the tunnel chasing a living boy (damn you preview red herrings). He walks in as himself and walks out as Chung Myeong. Now I know why they needed an actor like Yeo Jin Goo and casted him while he was filming Crowned Clown. Acting multiple personalities is really his thing (next to dying). Earlier we had a small glimpses of him playing Hyun Jung, now as Chung Myeong. He really did walk out like a whole different person. IU was also amazing as she shifted from worried to afraid, instantly realizing Chan Sung’s gentle pats on the back was replaced by cupping on the back of her head. Now we know why the hugs and kiss scene made us pay attention to Chan Sung’s hand.

PREVIEW SPOILERS

The previews of episode 14 seems like Man Wol mistook this feeling as Chan Sung being Chung Myeong’s reincarnation. This misunderstanding is potentially deadly. Seems like she will help the serial killer level up to have the ability to kill Chan Sung. 😥 Hopefully she’ll snap out of it soon enough to save him and finish off the serial killer.

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hey I saw your comment on the kdrama subreddit too 😂👍

and completely agree about Saturday eps being more build-uo to Sunday blockbuster but ep 13 was so intense too.

Also, don't number the Ma-gos because the Grim Reaper doesn't like it 😂

Lastly, we have seen Man-wol teleport a lot actually. Like ahe has teleproted to Chan-sung's house to meet Sanchez and then she teleports away. Or how she brought up the huge wind on Mi-ra so she fell into the water, and then she teleported away. But yet after that scene she still sits on a bus lol 😂 show could do with explaining more about her powers.

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LOL Re numbering

I meant they never showed teleporting with CGI and that left room to argue she had other ways to move... like turn invisible to the living people.

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Ms. Choi's backstory proved one thing MW hasn't changed compared to 1000 years ago: She was a leader of her gang and truly cared for their well-being. MW as the hotel owner did the same thing to Ms. Choi. As a consequence, someone who loved caviar and champagne had to dig kutzu with a hoe. Haha. Wish they had shown the scene!

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Thanks for the prompt recap @dramallama

I was just given a link to great photos of the cast and crew of this show.
https://gallery.v.daum.net/p/premium/tvNhoteldelluna So many to look at, no time to watch the show!! LOL.

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@javinne @hebang @trina @bdxpelik @kathia

I believe you might be interested in the gorgeous costumes of this show. Please see link above for loads of photos. :-)

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Just looked at them...wow, click and they appear full scale, high res...gorgeous!

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Thanks! Gorgeous pics <3333

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Thank you @growingbeautifully. Also, I look forward to reading your thoughts on this episode.

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Can someone please tell me what is the part about the first guest of the hotel and Chung Myung? I missed that part. I was too scared to actually watch this drama, but still keep following the recap about the sad romance between Man Will and Chung Myung.

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Both the reaper's existence who wants to exist with nonexistence' and the Rich MaGo's 'hotel's first guest' are supposed to still be cryptic for now (as of ep13). They will be clarified in ep14.

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I used to love Captain and tried to understand his choices. But the moment he used that sword, fought Man-wol and eventually kill himself to guilt trip Man-wol or even as an easy out. Nah, na ah ah ah

P.S. IU always looks good but that 2nd to the last screencap before the comments, she looks so damn sexy!

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Soooo... that 49 days to cross the bridge is totally going to come into play later, right? Man-wol will be crossing but something will happen on the 49th day where she's lost all memories except of Chan-sung and is on the verge of losing those too. Maybe get a second chance as human in this life because of something Chan-sung does. At least that's my hope/prediction - I'd like to see something other than a Goblin ending.

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I thought this was a good episode because it brought through the side stories the idea that choices can affect your destiny. But at the same time, there is the messy, overbearing thing called fate which predetermines your destiny. Mago knows it. I find it interesting that Mago continually tricks MW into jumping to conclusions about CW. It is a harsh lesson on "options" to solve problems. We are leading up to what final option MW to chose to finish her current existence.

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Wow been a long time but Hong Sisters drama writing is superb consistently till the ending episodes. Diligently watching them through it all. Man Weol needs closure for her first guest who to him was a path he could not be with serving the palace and to her a traitor. They lived in unfortunate times.

Chan Sung can be her guiding light to the afterlife for her to finally rest after living out for so many years or who knows maybe and ending she finally grows old with Chan Sung and die at older age.

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I do think MW and CS deserve a chance to grow old together as Man weol and chan sung.. Hope Magos grant them that opportunity and when the time comes can go to the afterlife together.

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Really, since people are bringin it up . . . Man-wol could not have seen the firefly for the last one thousand years because CGI hadn't been invented to make it visible.

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One interesting cultural difference between Asian dramas and Western dramas is that the concept of getting revenge on a reincarnate soul is pretty much always considered evil or insanely evil. Something that only a witch burning at the stake (or a Kryptonian madman) would consider a plausible action. To these ancient ghosts, getting revenge by killing someone born centuries later with no memory of the previous events makes some sort of sense. To someone from a more modern era, it would be the murder of an innocent.

Kudoes to the writer, assuming it was intentional, for showing the fundamental misogyny that produced Soo Hee's grudge in the first place. One could also point out that the notion of a family line ending because there are no male heirs is also obsolete. The British royal family even gave it up in 2015.

I do agree with the reviewer that the scenes in this episode were way to long. Every time I hear a song start up, I skip ahead.

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Some speculation. I think I see where this *might* be going for a 'happy ending'. Man-wol loses all of her memories of her past, even of the hotel, and starts afresh to live out her remaining life (starting at age 26) with Chan-sung as a 'normal' person. There have been several similarities to 'My Ajusshi' in the story arc and this would be one of the bigger ones.

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Obviously, the proverb "you can't have your cake and eat it too" does not apply to the Hong Sisters. I did not see the resolution of the great to be reincarnated or not to be reincarnated debate happening this way.
I was joyfully surprised. I applaud anyone who did see it coming.

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This drama is just as good on the second watch (rewatching makes the wait bearable. Just.), but I have found the greatest enjoyment in reading the comments and sharing in the theories for Hotel Del Luna. Thank you, Beanies!

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'Man-wol. I will carry you with me and become a restless moon, watching over you'

I think this is the reason why the drama is Hotel Del Luna instead of De La Luna. The hotel was built because of CM and he became the moon that have been watching over her since its inception thus the moon is masculine. At least this is how I view it.

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@bogummywifeu That's an interesting interpretation of the name. I kind of like it! I don't like how it's 'del' luna but this makes it more acceptable.

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Except that changing the article of a word to masculine doesn't somehow make the word itself masculine...

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With the amount of mockery she got from the gods and the grim reaper and the ghosts for changing the hotel's name, I thought it was deliberate. Like MW wanted a flashy foreign name and just liked the sound of it, not caring about proper grammar.

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Yes I think I made fun of Man Weol similarly in shitpost 2 or something lol

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She gets mocked for her lack of knowledge all the time, like not knowing Korean history or not knowing simple tax laws. Her mistake is the simplest and most reasonable explanation for this hotel name. It’s really not surprising because Asia is scattered with mistranslated business names. I just wish the give one joke about it in the drama to make it official.

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@bogummywifeu I quoted you in another blogsite and we agree with your take on the name of the hotel. Thought you'd like to know!

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The last scene acting was perfect....IU has grown so much since "Dream High" and Yeo Jin Gu never fails to act well. The director did an excellent job.

Can't wait for next ep (thank goodness I waited until all ep aired before binging this)

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This is like the 8th prince all over again. coward Chung myung 😩

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