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My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho: Episode 12

It’s time for the ultimate showdown: Libido vs. Fox Bead. Who will win? Who will lose? Who will make girlfriday cry?

You know which horse I’m backing, but it looks like Show might have a mind of its own. Gah. What’s a girl gotta do for some smoochies ’round here?

Oh, Show, you big tease.

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EPISODE 12 RECAP

Dae-woong sings Mi-ho the gumiho song and pulls her in ever so gently by the hand for a kiss. Girls and their mothers swoon together. Grandmas join in. Mi-ho smiles at him brightly, and he takes out her ring. He tells her that it’s for real this time, and slides it on her finger.

And then, he puts his hand behind her head and goes in for another (omo!) kiss…but is thwarted by the fox bead, pounding away in his chest. Damn you, fox bead! You have the worst timing ever!

He grabs his chest in pain, and Mi-ho assesses the damage. She says that the fox bead isn’t done healing from the time he shared his ki with another woman, and it’s acting up now because he’s “genuinely thinking about mating.” HAHAHAHA. If only all men came with such supernatural indicators.

He lurches back in shock and embarrassment, spitting out that he wasn’t thinking about THAT, nope, not him! Mi-ho smiles at him devilishly, saying that he doesn’t have to lie—the bead tells the truth. She then frowns, realizing that until the bead is done healing, they can’t mate. She pouts, like someone just took away her candy. God, I love her.

Dae-woong holds his chest as the disappointment registers on his face. “Why does the bead have to do that?” Oh. My. God. I think I just fainted.

Dear Fox Bead, I hate you with the fire of a thousand suns. I was thisclose to recapping heaven, and then you snatched it away from me cruelly. Twice. But as a plot convention, I concede that I like you, because you set up a roadblock, making their sexual tension build and simmer. I admit that you’re useful. But I still hate you.

Mi-ho whines that it’s because he’s been defiled by another woman. He balks at that, insisting that he was attacked. Heh, he makes it sound like a wild animal came at him like a snack. Her eyes get wide, as she deduces that if the fox bead isn’t healed yet, he must’ve “done it for real.” Dae-woong: “I pulled back right away!” Keh. And what a great use of the ki / fox bead as a metaphor for sexual experience, or even past loves.

Mi-ho pauses for a moment, and then says, “Woong-ah. If you can take it [the pain], then we can…” Seriously, I love her. Girl wants her lovin’. Whatchoo gonna do?

He nods, bracing himself, and goes in for another kiss. Thwarted again. Mi-ho pouts, then lures him back in for another try, with her best come-hither smile. He goes again, but reels in pain, and finally tells her to sit further away. Ha. It’s like watching a teenager try to initiate foreplay without getting too…excited. Comedy!

Needless to say, Fox Bead: 4 / Dae-woong: 0

Emo Hair turns out to be quite the stalker, having followed Mi-ho and Dae-woong earlier that day, when they met in front of the chapel. He says to himself that he wanted to protect her from Dae-woong’s death and save her the pain, but he can’t stop it now.

At home, Mi-ho writes down a life plan, a list of goals for when she becomes human. They read as follows:

1. Mate with Dae-woong [when the fox bead heals]
2. Marry Dae-woong [when the 100 days are up]
3. Have child with Dae-woong [one year later, then one every year]
4. Live a long and happy life with Dae-woong

Haha. Dae-woong smiles at first, but then when she gets to the kids part, especially at the rate of one a year, the fear sets into his eyes. He starts imagining the progression, ending with a row of kids chanting “Daddy, buy us meat!” He breaks out of his reverie shouting, “NO!” He tells her that he can’t abide by a life plan that has him married at 21 and a baby daddy by 22, and runs away to his room. He secretly thanks the fox bead for putting the breaks on Mi-ho’s life plan.

The next day, Mi-ho asks the chicken shop ajumma about it, who tells her to take it slow on the ten-year plan. She hears that nearby construction tore down a giant tree last night, and Mi-ho wonders what the tree’s inhabitants will do. Cue creepy little boy who sees Mi-ho walk past, and immediately sees that she’s a fox. He follows.

Mi-ho goes to see Dong-joo, who isn’t the least bit happy to hear about her reconciliation with Dae-woong. He sighs that she’ll stop listening to him now, and tells her that he can’t stand by and watch anymore. He’s stayed too long in one place, and is preparing to leave.

She asks if it’s because of her. He admits it outright, adding that because of her, he’s broken a lot of his own rules, getting involved where he shouldn’t. He apologizes for not being able to watch over her till the end.

When he says that he’s thinking of going somewhere remote, like an island, she sighs that she can’t visit him then, because of her fear of water. He’s surprised to hear that, wondering why when other animals are afraid of fire, she’s afraid of water. She tells him that the Samshin Grandmother made her out of fire, which is why her tails glow blue like flames. She tells Dong-joo that before they say goodbye, she’ll show him her tails, by moonlight. She calls moonlight “dal gil,” which you’ll remember is his past love’s name in reverse. He doesn’t react, but I’m thinking that can’t be a coincidence. When they part, he sees the boy follow Mi-ho, and puts on his serious face.

On set, Dae-woong hears that the funding might come through for the movie to shoot his action scenes in China. He frets over the possibility of being separated from Mi-ho for two months.

Hye-in has grown a giant red zit overnight (karma’s a bitch that way), and Mi-ho relishes the coincidental victory. Hye-in tells her she has no shame or pride, sticking to Dae-woong again when she said she’d leave, and Mi-ho responds matter-of-factly that she doesn’t have those things, which is why she’ll marry Dae-woong and live happily ever after. She adds some more hocus pocus and leaves Hye-in stewing.

Dae-woong invites Mi-ho to his grandfather’s house for dinner that night, and the little kid sees right away that Dae-woong is keeping Mi-ho’s fox bead. He does a bump pass, and discovers that the bead smells of goblin fire. He licks his chops at the thought of stealing such a delightful treat. He trails Dae-woong, but Dong-joo nabs him mid-hunt, saying he knows what he is. The kid says, “Then you know I’m a goblin?”

Dong-joo pulls him aside to kill him, but the kid pleads for his life. He insists he was just trying to befriend the gumiho, since her bead smelled of goblin fire. Dong-joo reels at his words. It’s the first concrete proof he’s given that Mi-ho and Gil-dal are linked. The kid sees his chance and runs, while Dong-joo stands agape, wondering if it’s possible that their sharing the same face isn’t a coincidence. Dude, you’ve lived centuries. Have you ever met a coincidental doppelganger?

At Grandpa’s house, Mi-ho plays the flute and does a traditional dance, to the utter delight of everyone. It’s the perfect audience for her old-school talents, as Grandpa especially enjoys traditional culture and artifacts.

She eats well, but only sticks to beef, which makes Aunt Min-sook a little upset, as she worked really hard preparing the rest of the dishes too. She insists that Mi-ho try the vegetables and rice, so Mi-ho picks up a pickle, looking at it like it’s poison. Dae-woong comes to the rescue, distracting Aunt and Grandpa, and Mi-ho feeds him while their heads are turned. Gah. Cute.

Upstairs in Dae-woong’s room, Mi-ho is really pleased that she got to use the things she learned when she was waiting for a husband centuries ago…on her future husband’s family. He takes stock in the fact that she really has lived for hundreds of years, making his twenty seem like a blip on her radar.

He asks if she isn’t scared, at the thought of aging, and eventually dying. He says that these are things that she’s never had to face since she’s lived for five hundred years, but that human beings are universally afraid of. Mi-ho says, “I wasn’t living…I was just existing. I want to change, and fill my time as I live.” She tells him that when she was trapped in that painting, she heard so many people’s wishes, and all she ever wanted was to have wishes like theirs. She admits that her life plan may seem trivial and ordinary, but it’s what she’s witnessed as the things that all people ask for.

Dae-woong promises to make new memories with her, and they take a picture together.

Dong-joo visits the Samshin temple, and asks the Grandmother in the painting if she made Mi-ho out of Gil-dal’s goblin fire. Angry tears form, as he asks desperately if he’s repeating his mistakes all over again. He cries as he remembers having to kill Gil-dal. Ooh, I like this development in his character. Much better. I like the dilemma it poses for him, and now he has to factor in his responsibility in the mess. The tortured emo thing is a better fit now, because it’s got some weight behind it.

On their way home, Mi-ho and Dae-woong pass by a couple with their arms around each other, and Mi-ho pouts that even though they’ve become a couple, nothing’s different for them. She accuses Dae-woong of using the fox bead as an excuse to keep her away. Ha.

Dae-woong decides that they’ve started now, so he’s got to up their level (of physical contact). He puts out his hand, and she gives him hers. He checks, and the fox bead seems okay with that, so then Mi-ho links arms. That seems okay, so then she pulls his arm around her shoulders.

He feigns the fox bead’s unhappiness with that, just to mess with her, and keep from over-doing the PDA. She pouts, but when he takes her hand again, this time interlocking their fingers, she smiles, and they walk home swinging their hands back and forth in their usual explosion of adorableness.

Dae-woong stops at the store to get something, and sends Mi-ho home ahead of him. When she arrives, Dong-joo is there waiting for her. He loses himself for a moment, talking to Mi-ho as if she were Gil-dal, saying that it’s been a long time, and that he’s missed her. Mi-ho wonders if he’s here to say goodbye, but no, he’s here to say hello, and says he’ll be staying, to watch over her. He touches her face lovingly, tears in his eyes. Oh dear. Get ready for the angst, people! This isn’t going to be confusing at all.

Mi-ho says that he needn’t worry. She’ll become human and live happily with Dae-woong. That brings more tears to Dong-joo’s eyes, and he says that this time, he’ll protect her till the end.

Dae-woong develops their first photo and buys an album to put it in. He says to himself that they can fill it together, starting now. Okay, I need a new word for adorable. Woongtastic.

On his way home, he runs into Dong-joo, who tells him that his plan to leave has been delayed. Dae-woong cuts to banmal, telling him that’s fine, as long as he still leaves. Dong-joo tells him to keep the fox bead safe, and Dae-woong scoffs, thinking he’s over-stepping his bounds. Dong-joo adds, “And when it comes time for her to leave, let her go.”

Dae-woong: There won’t be a time when Mi-ho wants to leave, and I have no intention of letting her go. From now on, Mi-ho and I are going to live happily, for a long, long time.

Dong-joo watches him go, wishing that someone else were keeping the fox bead, to protect Mi-ho from the inevitable heartbreak. Yeah, you me both, buddy. He realizes that he’ll have to protect Dae-woong while he carries the bead, so he decides that the little goblin must be killed.

The next day, Mi-ho and Dae-woong eat at home, and Dae-woong tries to get her to eat a more balanced diet. She says she’ll start once she’s human, and eyes the veggies suspiciously. Dae-woong tells her that she can eat like this now because she’s a gumiho, but if she keeps this up, “you’ll go straight from a fox to a pig.” Hahaha.

He tells her that eating vegetables will be good for her skin and make her prettier. Mi-ho: “How could I possibly be any prettier? I’m satisfied now.” HAHAHA. Her blatant acknowledgement of her own beauty just cracks me up. And Dae-woong’s reaction just makes it all the better.

Dae-woong gets the call that the China shoot is on, which means he’ll be abroad by himself for two months.

Hye-in spills the news to Mi-ho, telling her that Dae-woong is hesitating because of her. Dae-woong finds Mi-ho, as she’s pouting, “Wooooooong-ah, Wooooooog-ah” by herself. Sighing, she tells him to go, and not to worry about her.

He sees how dejected she is, so he makes up a list of his own: Nine Reasons Why It’s Good to Have a GU-miho Girlfriend. 1) she’s unique in all the world; 2) you can wander around at any time of night because she’s strong; 3) she doesn’t play coy because she’s frank and honest; 4) if she likes you, she shouts it wherever she wants; 5) this one makes him nervous too, “but have you seen a girlfriend so pretty?” she’s confident; 6) she’s considerate; 7) she knows that two-timing equals death; 8 ) he can trust that she’ll never leave his side; 9) “I just…really, really, really, really, really like you.” He adds the finger guns at the end. How cute that he confesses the same way she did, which is exactly what she wanted. Belated, but all the better for it.

Mi-ho swoons in utter bliss, and as the camera pans, we see that they’ve had not one, but two eavesdroppers. Dong-joo looks pained, while Hye-in just looks pissed. She doesn’t want to keep meddling anymore (it injures her pride), but Dong-joo insists they have to keep them apart.

When Mi-ho visits Dong-joo later, asking if she could maybe go along with Dae-woong if she used her new passport, Dong-joo uses the goblin as an excuse to send Dae-woong away and keep Mi-ho here.

It’s time for Dae-woong to leave, and Mi-ho shows him that she’ll be eating her vegetables like a good gumiho. He gives her the photo album, and tells her to fill it with lots of pictures, so she can tell him about everything she did while he was away.

He leaves, and turns back to say one last goodbye. She looks so sad that he comes back and swoops her for a kiss on the cheek. He promises that once the fox bead is done healing, he’ll kiss her properly. Atta boy!

The look on her face, anticipating that real kiss, is just perfect.

While Dae-woong is gone, Mi-ho documents her time, playing with Ddoong-ja, bonding with Grandpa, Aunt Min-sook, the chicken shop ajumma, Sun-nyeo, and eating her vegetables. After yet another plate of veggies, she declares to herself, “Ah, so tasty…NOT.” Heh.


Dae-woong arrives home on a four-day weekend, excited to surprise Mi-ho. Meanwhile, she’s at Dong-joo’s house, where he shows her the house he’s prepared in Japan. He tells her that he’s going to move there…with her. She sighs in exasperation, asking if he’s going to tell her to leave Dae-woong again. She says that she has lots and lots of life plans with Dae-woong, so he can just forget it. He tells her that because of the goblin, she has to stay away from Dae-woong until the hundred days are up.

While Dae-woong waits outside for Mi-ho, the goblin finally finds his opportunity. He pretends to be hurt so that Dae-woong will come close, and then he whammies him unconscious.

Just then, as Dong-joo drives Mi-ho home, he senses his magical knife start to act up, so he pulls over to go catch the goblin. He tells Mi-ho not to follow, since the knife’s power will affect her too. She realizes that Dong-joo really is a hunter, who catches things like her.

In the gym, the goblin wonders how to get the fox bead out without damaging it. Dae-woong stirs awake, surprised to hear the kid talking about his bead. The goblin surmises that he got tricked by a fox to carry her bead, and tells him that if he carries it, he’ll eventually die. Why thank you, Exposition Goblin.

He asks for the bead and when Dae-woong refuses, he starts to attack him. Dong-joo appears just time, putting his own blood on the dagger, and then throwing it at the goblin. He misses, but he does knick him. The goblin manages to get away.

Dae-woong returns the dagger, asking Dong-joo what that was. He asks about what the goblin said—is it true that he’ll die?

Outside, Mi-ho catches the goblin, who’s too injured to squirm out of her grasp. He tells her the same thing, calling her evil for using her fox bead to steal the ki of a human being. He not only tells her that the human will die when she takes the bead back, but that Dong-joo knows all about it.

She stands there frozen, letting it sink in that if she takes the bead back to become human, Dae-woong dies.

In the gym, Dong-joo LIES to Dae-woong, telling him the goblin meant that if he refuses to give the bead back after the hundred days, Mi-ho will die. He warns him one more time to keep the fox bead safe. Dae-woong spits back that he needn’t ask for things that Dae-woong already said he’d do.

In the park, Mi-ho thinks back to Dong-joo’s cryptic words about living in a world without Dae-woong, and she starts to cry. As her tears come flowing out, it starts to rain, and she asks, “Woong-ah, what do I do?”

At home, Dae-woong catches up on Mi-ho’s days without him, and he looks at the 100-day calendar now with hope, smiling that they’re almost halfway there, till she’s human. Heartbreaking. He sees “Mi-ho’s Life Plan” glued to her bed, and adds “Dae-woong and—” with a heart to the top. Aw.

Mi-ho goes to see Dong-joo. She doesn’t reveal what she knows, but asks what happened to Gil-dal to keep her from becoming human. He says bitterly that she mistook betrayal for love, and he’ll never let that happen to Mi-ho. He admits that he told Dae-woong that if he doesn’t return the fox bead that she’ll die.

Mi-ho looks down at his dagger, asking in a haunting tone if it would kill her. He says it will, and moves it, thinking nothing of her question. When he leaves the room, she decides, “I have to disappear.”

She comes home to an excited Dae-woong, who wonders why her reaction is so muted. He admits to coming home because he missed her, and asks why she didn’t tell him about the fact that she’d die if he didn’t return her bead.

He says that he’ll be faithful and return it on the hundredth day, as promised. Mi-ho looks up at him in tears, “I’m sure you would.” Thump. Heart? Meet floor.

Dae-woong wonders why she’s crying, and she says it’s because she likes him so much. He wipes her tears, saying, “When you’re near me, it stops hurting, right? I’ll never leave your side.”

He places her hand on his heart.

Dae-woong: I’ll protect you.
Mi-ho: And I’ll protect you.

COMMENTS

Aaaaack! How can my heart be torn in two directions by one turn of phrase? His declaration to protect her is the ultimate manly declaration of love, the perfect bookend to his squee-worthy “You take responsibility for me” in Episode 11. But then her use of it is soul-crushing, because she knows that to protect him, means to give up her life.

This is the kind of dramatic tension that I love. It’s mundane on the surface, but epic in consequence.

How can one mother-frakkin’ fox bead do this much damage to two hearts?

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The conflict is really good. I wonder what will happen to dae woong.

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I haven't watched Hong Gil Dong but I heard it was a sad ending because the lead characters died.

I don't know what to think about this drama. I don't want a Romeo and Juliet ending , for heaven's sake. I also don't want them to live without the other. I don't know. I'm so confused. This has been the first drama wherein I cannot predict the ending. Gosh.

OMG. I think I'll cry if it ends sadly. I really feel attached to this drama and I really love it. I don't know what to think, well actually, expect.

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Woong-ah ;____;

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You know, I keep flashing back to this part where Dae Woong tells Mi Ho that if he becomes a famous action star/director in the future, he'll make a movie about the Gumiho to clear her name...
I hope this doesn't mean what I think it does.........T____T

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I hope it doesn't mean what you think it does, yuki.
Let's hope for a happy one.
Dae woong, mi ho, and their cute children happily watch the movie premiere together.

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Yes! That must be it!
*crosses her fingers*

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Thank you so much for the recap~
Always enjoy reading recaps~
I cried at the end of the episode..

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Me too...just watched the last part again...Miho's expression says it all - she would do everything to save him. So wretching!

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This drama is obviously not going to have a happy ending. There is too much foreshadowing. I pretty sure she is going to die but they could twist it and make him die. Either way one of them is going to die, I wish they could just be happy but if it has to be sad I want them to die together. :)

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My gosh, your comment stabbed me in the heart....Aigoooo. I dont know what to expect either, damnit i cant stop waching it though. I thrive on happy ending in dramas.

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Ahh!maybe we were thinking too much!

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I loved this episode. I love that they didn't keep the whole "i can't stay with you or else you will die/ i'm leaving you" part for the last episode. That would have been dramatic overkill, and lots of dramas do that.
I mean they leave a whole 4 episodes to play this out, obviously its going to be okay at the end with a happily ever after (It better, or else Show!) but this gives it plenty of time to play out what is to come.

I'm foreseeing that Miho will stay until the 100 days are done to make memories and whatnot...then she will leave, or something of the sort.

Also I love Dong-Joo's development. Makes it interesting to see how he will handle himself this time around....

Gahhhh I love you show! Simply Woongtastic...

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i just love it when they say : nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu joa! :D

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Introducing...

FOX BEAD,

the world's greatest contraceptive

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lol. nice :)

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i totally agree with your concept :o

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"Dear Fox Bead, I hate you with the fire of a thousand suns. I was thisclose to recapping heaven, and then you snatched it away from me cruelly. Twice. But as a plot convention, I concede that I like you, because you set up a roadblock, making their sexual tension build and simmer. I admit that you’re useful. But I still hate you."

din i told u i just looooooooooooove ur recaps! its crazier spicier funnier than the show it self! kekeke

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Introducing,

Fox Bead,

the greatest contraceptive

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haha..!!! yeah you're right!!!

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sorry sorry posted twice! Amazing webmistresses, please do not ban me! You recaps are like a bead is to a fox!

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before i rant about how wonderful the woongie-miho couple is, i want to say thank god they didnt use autotune this time!!

and how adorably adorakable can this couple be? and because of the pure awesomeness radiating from this couple, i have the biggest urge to karate chop the obstacles so that girlfriday can go ahead and recap about our *cough* i mean, HER heaven.

lastly...it's already episode 12?!

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The cuteness of this Hoi Hoi couple is so heartwarming. The Hong sisters have combined fantasy and drama into such a whimsical love story -- a drama equal to the classics of old. Kudos to them.

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hahah seriously there is no one that can recap better than you. you just make me want to watch the drama[s]/episode[s] all over again. ahahahahah "thump! heart? meet floor!" must have been my fave quote. you're awesome! :D how does it feel to have other ppl quote your own words?

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It feels like this:

nomu, nomu, nomu, nomu, nomu jowa~!

*finger guns*

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this has me on the ground laughing.. i also quoted that line from GF.

"nomu, nomu, nomu, nomu, nomu jowa~"

HAHA.

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Miho has got to be the most adorable thing ever to have walked this earth. When she did the swooning thing at Woong's list, the bubbly happiness passed onto me.

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GF - thank you for the recap! well written and entertaining as always..

hats off to you and JB for your dedication and hard work putting these recaps together..

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It is so not fair if hong sisters let Dae woong dies. plssss, hong sis, u disappointed me with hong gil dong's ending once, don do it again this time okay? im really worried abt the ending cuz u know? honggildongs couple was so cute like DW and MH too. and You hottie doctor! it's ur mistake, so go die and give a bead to Minho!( im so mean lol)

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"Dear Fox Bead, I hate you with the fire of a thousand suns. I was thisclose to recapping heaven, and then you snatched it away from me cruelly. Twice. But as a plot convention, I concede that I like you, because you set up a roadblock, making their sexual tension build and simmer. I admit that you’re useful. But I still hate you."

OMG I laughed soooo hard because of this!!!!
I really really really really really really really loved EP 12 !
This drama's really unique!
I love the romance, love the tension, love the fantasy aspect and how it's not tacky or all weird and I love the comedy as well.

I think Lee Seung gi is such an amazing actor.
I really liked him in Shining Inheritance but the kissing scene was just ...nice.. it was ok I guess.
Cause he's got quite chubby cheeks and full lips and I guess if you shoot him kissing someone you definitely have to get a pretty angle to make it look great.

The MGIG kiss was pretty much AMAZING !!!
Hope to see some more lovin'

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Theory

Love will solve everything and the bead is a test of love..

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Seriously, I doubt that DJ had Gil Dal's bead in him. Just because he said he's half-human doesn't mean he has her bead in his body. That's just coincidental.

I hate to admit this, but I think this drama won't have a happy end because someone will have to sacrifice in order to save MH or DW. It'll be either DJ, MH or DW.

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I agree. I don't believe he has Gil Dal's bead or whatsoever. I also don't think DJ was the said human who betrayed Gil Dal. DJ loved Gil Dal! He only killed her because it was what Gil Dal wants him to do... at least that's what I understood with the drama so far...

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This episode made me fangirl in ways i never thought possible!!! XD the kiss was amazing, The miho life scenario (to the tune of mario music, fantastic!) made me laugh so hard....and the little kiss on the cheek...wahhh, so cute ^^ And finally Miho knows the truth! I agree with most of the above, I think the smexy emo hunter will end up sarificing himself for Miho. Wahhh I don't want this series to end, haven't been so addicted to a kdrama since You're Beautiful. Hong sisters are amazing!!!! Thanks to all the subbers on Viiki, you guys are stars!!!!! <3

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"I agree with most of the above, I think the smexy emo hunter will end up sarificing himself for Miho."-

I agree. I think that Dong-joo will end up sacrificing himself. He told Mi-ho that he would protect her to the very end. And I think in the end that will come to mean protecting her happiness as well as her life and Dae-woong's life. I think this will be the only way that he'll be able to find redemption for having killed Gil-dal, whom he loved.

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On Dong Joo sacrificing himself for the two cuties - oh! I so want him to do it!!.... but on second thought, if he could have sacrificed himself, then he would have done so for Gil Dal years ago - didn't he love her so much? I'm sure killing her back then was the last think he would want to do to someone he loved. But again, maybe he'd regret not doing such for Gildal before tha he'd want to do it for Mi Ho. But I have my doubts on this.

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Hi alert,

Trust me when I say that I'm not totally sold on this theory, myself. LOL It's part hopeful thinking and it's part projecting what's happened toward a possible conclusion.

Dong-joo may have been duty bound(as a hunter) to kill Gil-dal if she didn't opt for killing the human whom she loved. And he's been tormented over his act for over 500 years. He's a bit older and wiser now(hehe), and may not feel as compelled or obligated to follow his hunter code in regards to Mi-ho. Didn't he vow to himself that he wouldn't repeat that same mistake? Just guessing here, of course, but I think initially he will want to see Dae-woong die so that he can have Mi-ho for himself...But, at that critical moment I think he will ultimately act in the name of greater love, and do what's needed so that Mi-ho can be happy and have her new life as a human with the man she loves- Woong-ah.

This drama has been so much fun, and it's also fun chatting and theorizing about it, isn't it?
I'd love to hear more of your take on it, alert! =]

Thanks, girlfriday! I nomu, nomu, nomu, nomu, nomu love your recaps!

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LOL, now I know I'm not the only one who kept on returning to this recap over and over again, just to see what others would say on the episode. owh, us addicts!

I like your theory! It is possible that he could sacrifice himself, but provided that he's thoroughly believes that there really is a thing called true love. Because from what he'd said before, he didn't trust humans, and believes that humans are selfish beings. I think that's why he didn't tell the truth to Dae Wong, because he still believes that no human is to be trusted. He needs to be properly convinced before he's willing to make such sacrifice.

Since Dong Joo doesn't want to make such mistake (of sacrificing Gil Dal) again, probably he'd go as far as killing Dae Woong himself to get the bead out, if Dae Woong doesn't want to give it later on. However, on the subject of them dying, I don't believe both of them will die though, because if death is really ending, one of them should survive to tell the story. (It's more heartbreaking that way for the ending hehe).If both of them survive, then maybe a bit of Harry Potter magic would help them - a whole loads of will power, sacrifices and love. I'm curious on how Hong sister would do the plot on that. And I also wonder whether Dong Joo is the only Hunter alive, since as we can see, he does not only hunt Gumiho, but also goblins, and I believe many other creatures as such.

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Hi alert,

Thanks, and points well taken! Again, my so called theory is like 50% wishful thinking so please take it with a grain of salt! LOL

Very, very(or is that nomu, nomu?) good point about Dong-joo's mistrust in humans. And I think he will be willing to kill Woong-ah, himself, to insure getting the bead from him. I think(50% wishful) that Dong-joo will have his plans in place, ready to do whatever's needed to get Mi-ho's bead...but I think at that very critical moment, Dae-woong will surprise him(and his mistrust in humans) and genuinely try to surrender his own life for Mi-ho's survival. And, Dong-joo will also see Mi-ho's sincerity and true love for Dae-woong when she shows her willingness to die so that Dae-woong can live. I think this will drive Dong-joo to sacrifice himself(because he truly loved Gil-dal, and Mi-ho is a living part of Gil-dal), and this act of selflessness will allow both Dae-woong and Mi-ho to live.

~OR~ Since the Hong Sisters decided to throw a goblin into the mix...how do we know they won't bring us the mystical grandmother who created Mi-ho(and Gil-dal?) in the first place? Perhaps she's alive and will come to Mi-ho's rescue, preserving our "happily ever after" ending? LOL

Fun stuff, coming up with these wacky theories!
And, honestly, I don't think the Hong Sisters will allow either of our heroes(and OTP) to die. After the strong reaction to the ending of Hong Gil Dong, I have a feeling they won't let us down. Otherwise, the ending will be too similar to The Little Mermaid...and nobody wants that.

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Sukispop,

The thing I love about discussing MGIAG is that we're free to speculate and theorize, since the ending is quite unpredictable. So it's always 50% chance of getting our theory right. :D

I kind of pin my hope on the Little Mermaid story. As in their previous other dramas, Hong sisters surely like to give hints about what's to come next. So I'm pinning my hope that Dae Woong will change the story of Mi Ho, as he was shown symbolically tearing the ending of book, and asked Mi Ho to trust him on creating the new ending. But again, there were also plenty of hints that Mi Ho will be leaving (either temporarily or for good), since Dong Joo kept on asking Dae Woong to let Mi Ho go if she wanted to leave, and Mi Ho herself kept on repeating how she needs to disappear.

As for the grandmother, I half wish that she'd be the saviour too. Isn't she in the drawing with Mi Ho? So if Mi Ho could be brought back to the real world, I'm sure there'll be ways to bring the grandma too.

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Hi alert,

I've enjoyed discussing MGIAG, too! And you're right- we each have a 50/50 chance of being right! LOL

It'll be interesting to see if your theory plays out, and Dae-woong is able to change Mi-ho's "Little Mermaid" ending. He did get a head start on it by ripping out those pages, didn't he? I think Mi-ho will disappear, temporarily. I was thinking that, even after Dae-woong got back from his film project in China, there are still a lot of days left in the 100 day count down. And you're right- they've dropped plenty of hints about Mi-ho disappearing. So, I'm with you on this.

It'd be cool if the mystical grandmother were to become the story's saviour. She certainly is in that painting that Mi-ho(in fox form) was in. I think another commenter mentioned how it'd be funny if the chicken shop ajumma was actually the grandmother incognito, watching over her Mi-ho. LOL

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wowwww I just love the way you put it =x about DJ and his distrust of humans... throughout the entire series it's been nagging at me about how i wish someone will seriously show our poor fox hunter what it's like to be able to fully trust someone... and actually visually the scene when DJ realizes how much DW loves MH and can really be trusted (willing to let DJ take his life so MH can live)... that scene can be absolutely breathtaking if the actors carry it right (and i don't doubt that... Noh Minwoo's eye-expressions get me almost everytime)..... so hey... maybe the Hong sisters would actually use that....

and then maybe the Samshin halmoni too (grandma-in-painting)

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Theory, and BTW they gave it away with all the little mermaid stuff.

In the original little mermaid and the background goblin story, the reason they both "died" is because they couldn't find love. The Gandmother made Mi Ho out of the Goblin to give her a second chance to find love.

In the Disney version of the little mermaid they lived "happily ever after" because the little mermaid found love with her prince and they were both willing to sacrifice their lives for each other. At least to me thats the point of this and why I think it will end happily, because this show is a testiment to what love can overcome.

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"Woong-tastic"? I love it.
What a great recap (as always), Girlfriday. Those last words are packed with so much meaning.
I really hope the series ends happily. It has to, yeah? Like w/ the evil girl all orc-like and all the couples together. What to do w/ Dong-joo. He can have Doong-ja for company?

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OMG OMG OMG!!
The ending why? Why so sad? Gosh you just already know what Mi-ho is gonna do. She's gonna sacrifice herself for Dae Woong.
I love their cute couple moments..srsly had me smiling.
The little goblin is a cutie..lol

Seriously Dong Joo how can you not put two and two together & realize that Mi-ho is your Gil-dal. It sucks that they had to do this angst moment now but come on its a drama it's to be excepted. I feel real bad for him though. I like Dong Joo more than Dae Woong cause Dong Joo is just super hot. I want him to have some kinda happy ending.

My theory for the ending is that Dong Joo is gonna sacrifice his life for Mi-ho & Dae Woong. His gonna let it go & let Mi-ho be happy. I think if he dies like someone else mentioned it might set them free of the thing. IDK but I think him dying will help.
& I think with him dying it would be totally nice if they actually show Gil-dal come back for him & they leave happily ever after (i'm a hopeless romantic..lol)

When he went back to the temple/shrine crying to the painting i felt so bad for him. & then when he told Mi-ho someone mitook his love for betrayal, broke my heart. I feel so bad for him. He is such a conflicted character. I really want a happy ending for him.

Gosh this drama is getting so good. I swear ONLY 1 episode was a disappointment for me cause i felt it fell short but all of the other episodes OMG it has been real good.

Thanks GF for the recap.

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thank you for the recap! The kid goblin looks like how I would imagine Miho and Daewoong's son! The episode 12 turning pt/angst isn't as nutty as other dramas. The characters are actually dealing in a life/death situation rather than a romantic mess that gets blown way out of proportion. I really like how though Hye-in began as Chae-rim 2.0 (from Chunhyang) but then becomes a source of laughs after MiHo gained the upper hand. Yes, Hye-in, live in fear!!!

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thank you for the recap :)
love this episode. it was sad at the end, i started crying while watching. i am anticipating next week's. so sad, only 4 episodes left

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Loving all the Seung Gi love! :) I've been a big fan of his for over 2 years and thought I was the only one who liked him. XD I'm determined to go to one of his concerts. Still hoping for the LA concert to be rescheduled. Doubt he'd come to Chicago, but I did get to see 2AM...

Gotta catch up...almost done with episode 8.

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Such an amazing (and totally, horribly ominous) episode.

But all of that aside, what is up with Dong Joo's hair? There's one scene in the episode where his emobangs are totally on the other side, just randomly. Was there a weird editing/camera thing going on, I wonder?

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Gahhhh! torture...but is it only me that finds the creepy goblin intruiging...he gives me the shivers...ughh
but thnx to him..the truth is almostt out...sigh
the ending is heartbreaking D:
-sadie

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I also want things to end well for the two. I also think that there will be some sacrifice made. Thankd for the recap.

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Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuu for the recap.

Man I really do hope for a relatively 'happy' ending:Miho and Daewoong survive, Hyein gets real ugly and only becomes an extra in movies, the Emo guy dies in order to save Miho & Woong.... Oh and ahjumma and that weird director get married....oh and i wanna see M&D's 12 kids XD

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the troll looks like little ma jun from baker king~ hahaha

i cant wait to watch the other episodes of MGIAG! its exciting to watch :)

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Such a cute episode, I have exam on sunday, but I couldn't resist myself but to watch,, I hope Miho does not do anything stupid... There must be some solution without letting them die,,

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Hong Sisters I love you girls. Girlfriday, thanks for the recap. Can't wait for the next 4 or 8 episodes (Is this going to be a 16 or 20?) For some reasons, Baker King didn't get my interest to watch it (well just like Brillant Legacy - don't ask me why...I guess it is too long) but MGFIG - man I was hooked. Just love the storyline and the chemistry between the leads. Outstanding!

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aaaaccckkk!!! fox bead i curse you!!! LOL! i hope they extend even just a couple more episodes... but thank you Hong sisters for amusing me with your dramas!

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ha..ha..ha. Wongtastic....that;s original.
like emo hair with emotion....nice development

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another great recap girlfriday! i enjoy the series even more after reading your take on it.. it's actually equally fun to watch the show and read your recaps.. kudos for coining a new term for CDW and his cuteness that knows no bounds! woongtastic it is =)

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Thanks for the recap girlfriday. Can't wait what will happen next. :D

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Damn you smexy Gumiho hunter, aka His Preternatural Prettiness for stomping all over my heart today! His character and and No Min Woo has been criminally under utilized. In the interim episodes he was reduced to being the emo guy stroking his magic sword, in his dark emo cave, but he totally leveled up in this episode. The depth of his pain and the way he conveyed it ... sigh, I think I am going to need some time to reconstitute myself from the puddle of tears, I turned into.

God I have turned maudlin, but I am such a sucker for his type of character - dark and tortured with a hint of amoral danger. And what makes him so appealing and poignant is that, try as I might, I can't see a happy ending for him.

I suppose, its the element of tragedy that makes it so epic. There is a reason, that none of the great love stories I can think of off the top of my head has a happy ending. Heloise x Abbelard, Tristan x Isolde,.....bad endings. But hopefully Gumhio x Human will work out better.

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Thank you for the awesome recap GF!

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I just could not describe how mush i love you~~~~~~~~~
SEUNG GI YAH!!!!
MIN AH YAH!!!!
great work everybody

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squeeaallllll!!!! it's ridiculous how happy this drama makes me - one minute it's so wonderfully woongtastic =) and in another it's so delightfully poignant... love this drama SO MUCH and god, LSG (and SMA) is ado000oooooorable.

please please please let us have a wonderfully cute happily ever after (mate!mate!mate! XD)

Thanks as always for the witty, entertaining recaps GF! You and Javabeans rock!

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Daewoong + Miho + Hong sisters + Girlfriday =
"nomu, nomu, nomu, nomu, nomu jowa!"

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Oh no...I have to start preparing myself for sadder scenes in future...the ending was so sad. Their words mean so much....

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I haven't watched it yet (the subs aren't out just yet) but I can't resist! Oh my God! I'll be waiting to watch this.

Oh... I love the end of this episode. I love how it's not predictable even if the drama is 3/4 (?) done. I love what happened to this super adorable couple. Ooh... This drama is good.

Previous Hong sisters' projects I've watched are somewhat annoying because of the overly evil antagonists and I-can't-believe-it cliches (like the famed oh-no-they-missed-each-other-by-a-millisecond cliche). But the dramas are definitely some of my favorites, especially Sassy Girl Chun-Hyang which is always my top favorite dramas of all time. Sigh Hong sisters. You guys are awesome.

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I cried so much at the ending... Was totally bawling my eyes out. When Mi Ho said that she will protect Dae Woong, and him oblivious of what that actually means... Omo. It just kills me.

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I cried so much at the ending... Totally bawled my eyes out. When Mi Ho said she'll protect Dae Woong, and him oblivious to what that actually means... Omo, it's so heartwrenching, it kills me.

Will there be any possibility of a good ending for our hoi hoi couple? *sobs*

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This is so unfair!! Why am i addicted to this!! Gosh I love it so much. I have no life btwn MGIAM and I Am Legend. Even though I am Legend just tides me over until MGIAG. Gosh I love everything about Dae Woong and Mi Ho. These hong sisters are extremely gifted man. Well thought out, but what I love is the honsty btw Dae Woong and Mi Ho. Gah I LOVE It. Thanks for all your hard work recapping to both you (girlfriday) and Javabeans. I enjoy it as much as the show

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the 'comments' ending of this cap is EXACTLY what my heart feels with the end of this ep!

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I <3 <3 really really love this korean drama SARANGHAEYUOL!!!
2010 is a rlly good yr for dramas and im currently watching this and playful kiss and i've loved The hong sisters dramas like :Hong gil dong,youre beautiful, my gf is gumiho and well I LUV IT! thanks the for recaps

sory for bad englis im korean english learner

kind of like lil mermaid or beauty n the beasts

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