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My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho: Episode 13

Oh, My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho just kicked it up a notch. Yeah, I cried like a baby in Episode 13.

Ratings-wise, this week was a real hit, since Baker King is out of the picture. Numbers shot up to 15.2% for Episode 13, then even more to 19.2% for Episode 14, which aired back to back on Thursday night. (For consistency’s sake I use AGB numbers, which are more readily available, but TNS numbers for these two episodes were even higher — 19.4% and 22.5%.)

Meanwhile, Playful Kiss had a 5.8% (6.0% TNS) and Baker King’s special drew a 16.8% (17.9% TNS).

Special request: I know you’re all probably itching to discuss both episodes, but we’d really appreciate if you could keep the commentary in this recap to this episode. We promise the next one will be up for you to talk about soon!

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EPISODE 13 RECAP

Mi-ho is coming to terms with the idea of dying in order to protect Dae-woong, so the remaining days take on heightened meaning. Dae-woong had thought she’d want to cross the days off the calendar quickly to get to the human part, but she explains that every day with him is precious.

She wants to go for a “walk,” but now that Dae-woong’s all grown up and accepted his feelings, he calls it a proper date, taking her hand as he asks her out.

Adorably, when Dae-woong orders ice cream mash-ups for them, he uses terms Mi-ho understands best: cow color, mixed with some pig color and some chicken color. Mostly cow.

Then, Dae-woong notices an affectionate couple nearby — the ones who taught Mi-ho her cheesy finger guns — and gets the idea to feign tiredness as an excuse to lean on Mi-ho.

But Mi-ho takes him at face value and looks at him worriedly, then picks him up to carry him on piggyback. How appropriate for this drama to reverse another gender stereotype after giving us the wimpy hero and the assertive heroine. I love it.

Dae-woong sees the girl feeding her boyfriend, and opens his mouth to signal that he’d like some of that action… only to find that Mi-ho’s all done with her ice cream. How great that Dae-woong’s getting a taste of his own medicine, after Mi-ho tried to cozy up to him earlier.

Mi-ho looks over and sees the cheesy couple making hearts with their hands, and Dae-woong demonstrates a big one, lifting his arms over his head. In response, Mi-ho puts up V signs, which disappoints him — after his heart, all he gets is another cow reference?

Mi-ho’s explanation turns him around, though — she learned it from Aunt Min-sook, and they represent her “heart’s antenna,” always pointed in his direction. Aww.

Speaking of whom, Min-sook meets with Director Ban, who has come back directly from film shoots in the Chinese desert. So directly, in fact, that he smells. Min-sook suggests gently that they clean up and start fresh with a day at the saunas, so off they go — where Dae-woong and Mi-ho have also ended up.

Dae-woong has come back to Korea without the director’s knowledge, so he hurries to keep out of sight, and he and Mi-ho take refuge under a towel together. Director Ban sniffs at the public display of coupley affection, but Min-sook finds it sweet.

As they walk along, Dae-woong notices an elderly couple walking hand in hand and says that they’ll be like that in fifty years, which is a thought that dims Mi-ho’s mood.

Dae-woong shows Mi-ho how to toss a coin into a fountain to make a wish, and she thinks of how she has to leave him in order to save him:

Mi-ho: “But after I’m gone, don’t be too shocked or hurt. Even so, call for me every once in a while… Then I’ll live in your heart forever. Right? You’ll remember me forever, right?”

Hye-in is peeved to hear from Byung-soo and Sun-nyeo that the happy couple plans to go to China together while the movie finishes filming. Knowing Mi-ho’s identity, she doesn’t understand how Mi-ho could have a legitimate passport, but she suspects that Dong-joo’s behind it.

Dong-joo owns up to making the documents, but he intended to use them to send Mi-ho away. Since Mi-ho won’t budge, he decides that they have to work on Dae-woong, and tells Hye-in to scare him, to insist that he’s in danger and needs to stay away from Mi-ho. Hye-in resents being forced into this, but she’s still scared enough of the Gumiho Hunter to comply, albeit grudgingly.

Mi-ho sees that Dae-woong has posted up their life plan, and he’s fully onboard now. However, she grabs it down, saying they’ll have to put it away for the time being; she rushed into things, and she can think about those things after she’s human. Right now, she should think of what to do in the remaining 52 days of being a gumiho.

Dae-woong is a little concerned as he make sure that she doesn’t mean to get rid of the plan for good. She can’t answer that, so she deflects. As they flip through their photo album, Dae-woong things of all the things they can do to fill it, like going skiing in the winter, or preparing for Christmas.

Mi-ho knows it won’t snow within the next 50 days, but she agrees to his plan to fill the album with new photos. For instance, she wants to go to the zoo, which for some reason makes Dae-woong uneasy, and he suggests the aquarium as a substitute.

At the very end of the night, Mi-ho finally allows herself to cross that day off the chart. She even finds sleeping time to be a waste, and wants to stare at him all night.

The next day, Hye-in finds Dae-woong to try to dissuade him from bringing Mi-ho along with him, not convinced that it’s safe for him to keep the fox bead. She’s not doing this because she wants him, she says, but because she’s truly worried — she is positive that Mi-ho and Dong-joo must be hiding something. He’s being used by them for something, she can sense it.

To her surprise, Dae-woong admits freely that Mi-ho is using him, and that he told her to do so.

Dong-joo sees that he can’t stop Mi-ho, and just asks her to be sure to come back in a month. He makes an excuse to run an errand, asking Mi-ho to stay behind to wait for him, and she eagerly agrees. The reason being: She had actually followed Dong-joo when he went to put away his magical dagger, to make a note of where he kept it. With some time to search his place for it, she heads down to his Emo Lair.

Dong-joo’s no dummy, and he suspects that Mi-ho has figured out that she can kill herself to save Dae-woong. He waits a few minutes outside before heading back inside.

Mi-ho finds the case on the desk and opens it, and the blade starts to emit some sort of energy. Dong-joo’s voice cuts in to warn her not to touch it, and Mi-ho sees that she’s been caught. But she doesn’t make excuses or defend herself; she tells him, “I need your knife.”

Dong-joo asks whether she’ll kill herself if he tries to force the bead out of Dae-woong, and she nods. He confirms that she’s going to give herself up for him, and she answers, “I have to protect Dae-woong.”

This frustrates and angers Dong-joo, who calls her actions too one-sided, deciding everything on her own. She may love Dae-woong enough to die, but does he feel the same? Dong-joo believes not.

He tells Mi-ho to ask if Dae-woong could die for her, guessing she doesn’t have confidence in his answer. And given that, isn’t it too unfair and wrong for her to die for him? Furthermore, if Mi-ho dies without telling Dae-woong, he’ll soon forget her and another woman will take her place by his side.

Mi-ho asserts that Dae-woong would never forget her, but Dong-joo disdains her “immense fantasy about love.” Even if Mi-ho says she doesn’t feel that it’s unfair, he urges her to confirm it.

So she goes home and tries it out, presenting Dae-woong with a few what-if scenarios: What if they’re about to drown and there’s only one wooden plank? What if there was a fire and only one person could safely escape? What if they were clinging to a cliff, and there was only one rope?

Not understanding her motivation, Dae-woong laughs off the scenarios, saying that they’d never happen anyway. When she grows increasingly agitated, he concedes that he’d give her the cliff-rope, but he’s just humoring her and she knows it.

Calming down, Mi-ho consoles herself with the thought that he doesn’t have to want to die for her for their affection to be real: “That’s not what I want. All he has to do is keep remembering me. That I’m sure of.”

But even that conviction takes a hit when forgets that he already bought sneakers for her. She tests his memory, asking what they were running from when they met, and what he called her. His memory is intact but a little fuzzy on the details — like whether the leaves on the tree she put him in were pointy or round.

Mi-ho gets more and more worked up, and Dae-woong guesses that she must be worried that a fading memory is part of her de-gumiho-ifying process. She retorts that he’s wrong: “I remember everything!”

Again, a little time to calm down is enough to get her to convince herself that it’s okay if he forgets some things. She suggests that they go out today and make sure to remember everything about it, and he agrees. But he needs to be reminded of where she said she wanted to go yesterday, and that freaks her out again:

Mi-ho: “If you can’t remember what I said yesterday, what in the world will you remember? You’ll forget everything, and you won’t give me the rope, and you’ll be with Internet Slander [Hye-in] and Melong [“neener,” aka Sun-nyeo], won’t you? If that’s true, then it really will be too unfair to me!”

Mi-ho broods, asking the chicken ajumma if people just live on happily after someone dies. The ajumma says of course — the living have to keep living. If we all clung to our memories, we’d be crying all day and never be able to move on.

She realizes the wisdom of that and heads home to make up with Dae-woong, but finds the door locked. Thinking he’s mad at her, she apologizes to him through the closed door, but Dae-woong won’t open it, so she breaks open the door and heads in — where she finds that he’s surprising her with a packed lunch for their trip to the zoo.

They drop by to see Grandpa after their outing, and Grandpa surmises that Mi-ho must really be special to get Dae-woong to go to the zoo. After all, his parents had died in an accident after they were coming home from the zoo, and ever since, he hasn’t liked them.

She hadn’t known this, and it makes her reconsider things: “I just wanted you to remember me. I didn’t think of how painful that memory would be.”

As she and Dae-woong cross off Day 51 from the calendar, this puts them square in the middle of the 100-day process. She says, “I’m sorry if you feel pain, but I want to give you a lot of things to remember. Then I won’t feel wronged at all.” She thinks to herself that she’ll be satisfied with 50 days “that are more beautiful than 500 years.”

Day 50 marks the day of their departure for China, and the couple plans to meet at the airport, because Mi-ho has a few errands to run first. She makes the rounds saying her goodbyes to Dae-woong’s family and the chicken shop ajumma. While the others assume she’s saying goodbye for the duration of her short trip, she knows it’s for good.

Hye-in finds her to make one last attempt to stop Mi-ho from joining Dae-woong — she just has a bad feeling that something will happen to Dae-woong if Mi-ho continues to stay with him. She even threatens to reveal that Mi-ho is a gumiho, but Mi-ho laughs at that, since everyone will just think she’s crazy, especially since Mi-ho is now a documented citizen.

Hye-in snaps that Dae-woong’s the one who lost his mind. How did she bewitch him? Mi-ho replies simply: “By liking him. Because I liked him so so so so much, he liked me too.” If Hye-in wants to get a guy to like her, she out to try telling him she likes him so so so so much, too. And she teaches her the finger guns.

With that, Mi-ho says goodbye to the loft and gets ready to leave — which is when Dong-joo finds her, knowing she must have made up her mind to disappear in China.

Mi-ho asks if he thinks she looks pathetic for dying instead of Dae-woong. Dong-joo doesn’t see why she would do that for one measly human, but she thinks she’s rather impressive for doing it and asks him not to stop her.

Mi-ho: “I’m a gumiho and I can’t end up as a human, but to the one person I like, I can give everything. I like that me.”

Now Dong-joo reveals his motivation for trying to prevent Mi-ho from trodding down a path that, to him, is all to familiar:

Dong-joo: “I believed that doing what the other person wanted was love. I did that, and for more than a thousand years I have regretted it. I don’t want to repeat the same mistake.”

Mi-ho tells him, not unkindly, “I’m not your Gil-dal.”

Hye-in tells Dong-joo that there’s no stopping the couple, who are determined to leave together. So finally, Dong-joo brings out his last card, and says that the only thing he can do is tell Dae-woong the full truth.

He explains the whole gumiho-turns-human concept, including the part where the human who gives the bead back to the gumiho must die. Thus armed with the truth, a shocked Hye-in is instructed to stop Dae-woong from leaving with Mi-ho, at all costs.

Hye-in cuts off Dae-woong’s van as he’s leaving for the airport, and urges him to run away. By now he’s tired of her meddling, but this time she has important information to reveal: That if he stays with Mi-ho, he’ll die.

While they’re having their tete-a-tete, Dong-joo finds Mi-ho at the airport, waiting for Dae-woong, and tells her he can’t let her go after all. He drops the bomb that Dae-woong has now been made aware of the conditions of borrowing the bead.

Mi-ho is upset — why did he do that? She’d wanted to make sure he never found out the truth. She never wanted to put Dae-woong in the position of making that choice between dying or living for her.

Dong-joo insists that Dae-woong won’t come once he knows he’s dying — he’ll run far from her. Even if he came now, as death looms over his head, he’d run later. Once again, he calls her faith a foolish fantasy, and says that he’s here to shatter the illusion. That’s exactly why she can’t give Dae-woong the chance to make that choice honestly, because then her grand illusion of love will shatter. She needs to protect herself, and once she realizes that Dae-woong won’t come, she can accept the reality and live on (with the bead, of course).

Now Dae-woong understands the choice they face — that at the end of the 100 days, either he dies or Mi-ho dies. Hye-in thinks Dong-joo had his own reasons for telling her the truth, and Dae-woong deduces that this must be his way of breaking up the couple. He understands that he is expected to run.

Instead, he decides to go to Mi-ho, which prompts a shrill outburst from Hye-in, who can’t understand why he’d do that when being with Mi-ho would make him die. Dae-woong bursts out, “I won’t die!”

With that, he runs to the airport while Mi-ho waits for him, growing ever glummer the longer the wait grows. (One word, people: PHONES!)

All the while, Dong-joo keeps watching, and makes another, gentler push for her to listen to him. If she leaves it to him, he’ll take care of everything, and they can go together to Japan. She can rethink her decision over the next 50 days.

Dejectedly, Mi-ho agrees to try it his way, and walks with him as he leads her to buy new plane tickets. Except, the moment his back is turned to ask for directions, Mi-ho bolts. She races toward the exit, aided by a crowd that keeps Dong-joo from spotting her running away. As she runs, so does Dae-woong, speeding toward the terminal just as she’s leaving it.

She’s not quite sure where she’s going — I think she just wants to get away to think for herself — but she tells herself it’s okay even if Dae-woong doesn’t come, because her feelings aren’t fantasy.

And then, Dae-woong’s voice calls out to her from across the street. With purpose, he walks into the crosswalk, pausing at the halfway point to ask, almost angrily, “Are you just going to run? Even though I’m here?”

Her reaction mixing worry with relief, Mi-ho makes up her mind, and starts walking toward him, meeting him halfway. (Agh! All this symbolism about meeting in the middle? IT KEELS ME. In the good way, not in the OMG what do you mean Dae-woong’s gonna die? way.)

He confirms that it’s true that one of them must die, and challenges, “Since that’s all decided, you want me to just sit still and accept it, or to save myself and run away?! Well, I can’t do that. I won’t!”

He turns his head to see Dong-joo watching, and tells her he won’t accept those two options: “Half of the 100 days have passed. Mi-ho — take the bead now.”

What in the WHAT? Mi-ho’s scared of that prospect, and Dae-woong admits that he doesn’t know what’ll happen. “But,” he adds with a pointed look at Dong-joo, “that guy won’t know either.”

Dae-woong: “We’ll make the decision and take it how it goes. I’ll give up half my life, and you’ll give up becoming human, and we’ll see what happens. I don’t know if we’ll live or die.”
Mi-ho: “Then we’re both grabbing the only rope.”

Dae-woong nods.

Dae-woong: “Mi-ho. I love you. So I won’t die alone for you, and don’t die for me either.”
Mi-ho: “Dae-woong, I love you. I won’t die for you, and don’t do it for me either.”
Dae-woong: “As the person who loves you, this is my decision. Who knows where this will go, but let’s do it together. If we live, we both live. And if we die, we die together.”

With that, Dae-woong kisses Mi-ho while a tear falls from his eye.

He pulls back momentarily, then moves in close again — and this time, a blue light starts to glow between their mouths as Mi-ho retrieves her bead.

Dong-joo looks at this in angry disbelief, while back in his lair, this cosmic disturbance sends the Sandglass of Doom toppling — with the sand divided perfectly in half, equally among both chambers.

 
COMMENTS

AH! This episode KILLED me. I was completely onboard, hook, line, and sinker, which I realize is a total mixed metaphor but I don’t have enough brainpower to think of one that makes sense right now.

Actually, it wasn’t until the latter half of the episode that the awesome really happened, because in the first half, I thought things were cute but wondered when the story would really kick in. But then the second half happened, and BOY DID IT EVER kick things up a notch.

I’m glad Dae-woong found out the truth one episode after Mi-ho did, because I hate these noble idiots who always decide to shoulder big burdens without telling the other person, thinking they’re sparing them pain. And I love that the growth is as much an emotional, mental thing as it is a romantic one — as the story progresses, the more Dae-woong is becoming assured of himself. His speech at the end? HOT DAMN it was fantastic. As I mentioned in the recap, the motif of “halfway” was done particularly well — it was built into multiple aspects of this episode with the 50 days, the crosswalk, the sandglass.

I’m sure we’ve all harbored our own theories and suspicions about what would happen with the fox bead, but I was still happily surprised by Dae-woong’s decision to remove it now. I wasn’t expecting him to be so decisive or commanding, but he really impressed me with his reaction. I was not surprised that he ran back to Mi-ho instead of running away (that was a gimme), but his conclusion about taking that step together was a very nice twist on that expectation.

It has the added benefit of flouting known gumiho lore — Dong-joo can’t interfere because he doesn’t have all the answers — and this sets up a metaphor I particularly enjoy: they’re heading into the unknown together.

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What a fantastic twist to the story.. hurray for the Hong sisters! Direction is flawless too..

Love the chemistry between the Hoi hoi couple.. wish they would get together for real!! Methinks LSG is really enjoying his scenes w/ SMA so much, his acting is a lot more natural here than in Shining Inheritance.

As usual, Shin Min Ah shines in her role here.. so natural and effortless.

Thank you very much for the recaps JB!

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Oh my god.

SO MUCH LOVE. ♥

You know, the meeting halfway motif was wonderful, but what I loved even more was the growth both of them exhibited. How far have they come? And it was dealt with in a lovely manner, neither heavy-handedly idealistic nor without heart. With Mi-ho discovering everything new that comes with being human, it was just a great way to show what really matters while dealing with the most base human desires to be remembered and loved.

I mean, mature comes to mind when I think of them and that's really something great to be associated with such a story.

Everything about it was just so lovely.

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I wonder when JGS/ Yong Hwa is going to cameo in MGiaG. I really really am anticipating their role in this drama =D Love this episode! Another kiss! Hooray!!

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HOT DAMN. AWESOME. AMAZING. YAY!!! SQUEE!!!

My insighful reactions to the episode. That is all :)

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eager for the next 2 ep....
can't wait for another week...
sad as this drama will end....
good luck to seung gi and min ah in the future!!!fighting!!~!!

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OMO!!! what a twist!! shocks!

this is the best Korean series I've read.. haha! :)) I hope it win't disappoint me in the end.. Please??!! :D

i love it!! sooo much!

*die*

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YAY!! Congratz MGIAG for awesome ratings!

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OH MY GOSH!
My tear ducts explodes on the last part.
I SUPER LOVE Woong-ah!!!
Wo0t! Wo0t!
Cant wait for the next epi.
Please post it sooner than later. Please

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That move was totally out of the box. Everyone just saw 2 possible routes: for Miho to take the bead or for her to leave it with Daewoong. But he found a 3rd. If not for the second half of the ep, I wouldn't have enjoyed the ep much...

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh~~~~ im just die after reading yout recap OMG!! and and and im watch the episode after reading and im die again lol

OMG!! Poor Dongjoo, maybe he thinks why im not doing this before in my time ㅠ_ㅠ i dunno aaaaaaaahhhhhhh~~~

Woongah omo omo~~ so clever love him too much @[email protected]

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One of my favorite parts of this episode was right when Woongie found Mi-ho behind the tree after the fountain scene. Her slightly teary smile right then just killed me. Shin Mina is a fantastic actress.

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I completely agree with you. The expression on her face blew me away. Her smile and tearful eyes were so full of emotion...like she was on the brink of bursting out sobbing...so filled with love for him...and so heartbroken over what she planned to do to protect him.

I was hoping that JB might've caught a screen cap of it.

Thanks, JB, for the awesome recap!

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love your recap :DD
sigh methinks emo gumiho hunter is racist against human :(

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GF where is episode 14!!!!
Just kidding..

but.. nah....
where is episode 14!!!!!

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oh my god, did it work? did it work? did it work? i cant wait!!!!!!

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Seriously, I wept like a baby throughout this episode. Partially tears of frustration (I hate it when characters think they're doing the 'noble' thing - I'm like, NO! For once! Be selfish people! Why suffer in silence!) but, well, also real tears when she bid the people in her life with Dae-woong goodbye, like the chicken shop ahjumma, and Dae-woong's family, and even Hye-in!

I also like how Hye-in's not the usual traditional second female lead character, who tries to break them up because she hates relinquishing Dae-woong for reasons unrelated to real love. This episode clearly showed that, as much of a bitch as she is, she does care sincerely for Dae-woong. She innately distrusts both Mi-ho and Emo Boy Gumiho Hunter. Interesting, and well-played.

ARGH WHY DOES THIS DRAMA ONLY HAVE 16 EPISODES?! Then again, the Hong Sisters do really well with short dramas. Haven't seen the next episode yet, but hoping it'll live up to Ep 13...and the concluding episodes! Please don't let me down!

Man, JB, what would I ever do w/o your recaps and this site to hang out and gush in??! You and GF are Awesome. *fingers flicking Mi-ho's love guns at JB and GF*

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"ARGH WHY DOES THIS DRAMA ONLY HAVE 16 EPISODES?! "

-It's to reduce the casualties, since people tend to die or go crazy with anticipation for the next episodes XD

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This is the best k-drama i have seen...

from the whole cast's acting, the plot, the songs.... till now, nothing has disappoint me....

The anger doesn't linger too long...the cute & sweetness of the couple is the best medicine for our stressful day...

The kisses are so daebak!!!!!!!!!!! Seung Gi looks like a young man in 1N2D, but in MGIAG, he is so manly..... and i really mean MAN.... not just young man, but a REAL MAN.. did you girls see his hands... so manly... especially when he holds Mi Ho's face and kissed..

Seung Gi ah, can you hold my face that way too?? :)

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Yes, I'm so excited. I didn't see this coming, whatsoever! :oD Oh, the angst! Oh, the drama!

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I can't believe all this is happening!
I was sure, really, really sure the grandma in the painting was going to save the day, never once ocurred to me that Daewoong would tell Mi Ho to take the bead half-way in the process! I am totally lost here, no idea what's going to happen next... this is seriously a good drama!

We need more of this, pretty please!

PS: If only the Sister would have taken PK. Imagine all the cute tension that romance would create.

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I had been mulling over some theories as to what's going to happen to them...but this kind of resolution? It certainly made me want to kiss the Hong sisters!

AWESOME! AWESOME!

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Thank you for the recap JB!

Is it too much to ask that Shin Mina and LSG do become an actual couple in real life? They are sooooooo cute together. I wouldn't mind if Shin Mina and NMW are a couple either. Then at least, Dong-Joo will be more at peace with his second lead snub by the Mi-Ho.

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thanks for the recap! i love love love this drama very very very very much!

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thank you for the recap.. I have not seen this episode yet b/c I needed to prepare myself.. I don't want to cry..

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Ooomomomoooo!
This episode was killer! I almost died in anticipation. Dang Dae Woon, you have seriously man-ed up in this episode. I may have fallen in love with you agian.
Geez.

The Hong sisters have seriously out-done themselves with this show.

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what is the different between AGB rate and TNS rate? Which rate is more reliable?

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thank youuuuuuuu! (off to watch ep 14 b4 GF posts her recap)

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can i just add that i love how Daewoong has the courage to throw a spanner in the wheels of Fate and see what happens? he's the perfect fantasy lead male, i tell you.

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Yes.
He's the perfect fantasy male lead.
So perfect.

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What DW did in this episode was "Man Up" or if you are a BSG fan he did a Helo!

I was waiting for him to punch DJ and I still think he might

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Please don't punch DJ. <3 <3

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Ok, how about a spinning round house (smile)

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OH MY GAWD. episode 14 people. makes me wanna die.

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just a note, this post doesn't have the tag "my girlfriend is a gumiho".. i've bookmarked this page: http://www.dramabeans.com/tag/my-girlfriend-is-a-gumiho/ but it doesn't show up there! :)

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Oh you're right.

You'd better check and revise the tags, JB.

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I love the twist! I have been suspecting since they first brought up the "one of us must die" plot line that, after weeks of silent burden-bearing on one side or the other, Emo Boy would make some kind of last minute, self-sacrifing gesture to save our beloved couple. I never guessed they would do what I thought was illegal in Kdrama-land: address the situation honestly with one another and come up with a solution. I especially didn't expect if from the Hong Sisters because it seems like they seem to looooooove a silent sufferer who disappears to protect the other person.

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one thing thjsi drama has done so far is break the rules, thats why it fun.

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I like ot call what DW did , changing the rules.

Its like in SCIFi or Fantasy, and the characters say something has to be a certain way or turn out a certain was becase of a prophecy or something of that nature, and one character says something like "Screw the Prophecy" I make my own rules.

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Love it! He's totally changing the rules. And it's been hinted too with him screwing the Little Mermaid story (I should've guessed that!).

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I love it when characters change the rules. Its so cool

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I tried reading the other comments, but stop mid way for fear of spoiling myself since I haven't watch ep 14. It's only 3 episodes left, and I hate spoilers, or even hints, since I just want to fully enjoy what's left in MGIAG.

This episode is totally mind-blowing! Dae Woong's decision totally takes me by surprise, since I didn't expect that twist. That is just BRILLIANT. And left me numb, in tears and lost for words even 10 minutes after my laptop screen went blank. It's that awesome!

I need to calm myself down before going for another emotional ride for episode 14 later.

p/s anyone notice that Dae Woong no longer wears the lego watch on his wrist? It's leather watch now! A sign of maturity? :)

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DW learns what it means to be a man, Mi Ho learns what it means to love

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I could not possibly say too much about how extremely well written this modern fairy tale is. It is at the highest level of the craft, on scale with The Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It may have been inspired by the story of The Little Mermaid, it is far more than that and is its own classic in its own right.

The greatest of fairy tales are those that contain a mystery, a curse, and a resolution to end the curse that is as difficult to emotionally deal with as living with the curse itself while still keeping hope and belief in love alive through to the end of the story. The author was able to just that.

As in the films Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the lead actor seems to have been born to play their role. Judy Garland is Dorothy, Gene Wilder is Wily Wonka, and Shin Min Ah is Miho.

Also as in Oz's song Somewhere Over The Rainbow, The Chocolate Factory's song Imagination, the song Fox Rain wraps the story up in your heart with a hauntingly beautiful song that will forever remind those who hear it of what love and innocence really are.

I think I have figured out how this is going to end, and I wish I were watching it upon a stage so that I could shout and give a standing applause to everyone involved.

A little girl finds her way home, a boy achieves his wish to take care of his family, and a heartbreaking wrong is made right through love. Timeless, because love is timeless.

BRAVO!!!!!!!!!

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OMG I GUESSED RIGHT. hahahahaha ive been contemplating the half-off thought that if he gives it back to her at Day 50, wouldn't this sort of balance out? SO GLAD THIS HAPPENED. well, sort of. a little unexpected plot bu heh, bring in the awesome now!

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andddd i absolutely LOVE decisive Dae Woong. and the Dae Woong that shouted so fiercely, "I won't die!" - oh man pure awesome(character)ness!

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the beginning few notes of seung gi's song 지금부터 사랑해 is so full house! i keep getting reminded which is just too bad.

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Whoaaaaaa! the ending was epic, loved it. Thumps up for the Hong Sis. And for the first time LSG out-shined Min-ah in this episode.

Small complaint: I just wish the first kiss was hotter and prettier camera wise (I admit I cringed a bit at the angle of the first kiss) but oh, well the second one made up for it. I soooooo loved that framing where they had the bead between their lips, so hooooooooot.

This particular frame alone made up for the whole drama. Hong Sis , you still ON!!!

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Dang! I had suspicions that giving up the bead halfway would fix the dilemma, but there is no documentation for my revelation. I knew the only other alternative would have been "but their love is so twu!", but that seemed sort of too "been there, done that (x1,000,000)" for the Hong sisters.

That being said, with the main dilemma being solved, I wonder how they will keep the tension up.

Also, this has been nagging me. Dong-joo was really the catalyst for all this because he gave the ultimatum to Mi-ho in the first place. Why couldn't he have left well enough alone? I know then we wouldn't have had a drama, but I feel like there should have been more to that side of the story. Like, if a gumiho lives for a certain time period with humans, she goes berserk like she did a couple of episodes ago. As it is, she would have been fine staying a gumiho and being with Dae-woong, except for the classic vampire-y dilemma of her staying young forever.

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Oh
Mah
GAWD.

I decided to wait until a leisurely Saturday afternoon to catch this episode, and my heart is anything but leisurely right now.

WOW

Damn.

That last 25 minutes or so are so intense, awesome, fantastic, brilliant...

These two sisters know how to write romance, y'all. Hands down the final scene was excellent because Mi Ho may remain a gumiho, who knows, BUT she is taking a journey into life now as a human. We don't know when we will die. We don't know what the next day will bring. We don't know when love will end or thrive. And that's what being a human is all about--going on this journey knowing there is nothing to know for sure.

Brilliant twist at the end.

Gah.

off ep 14.

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Eun Hye-In was actually worried about Dae-woong. I love how the actress showed her frustration with Dae-woong's decision, good acting on her part. Love herrr.

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Actually Dae Woong's idea did crop up in my mind earlier on, so it wasn't such a surprise to me. But I liked how they make his character mature slowly but surely. It makes his decision to do so very very believable. He is such a great bf!

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one thing in mind:
DONG-JOO IN A SUIT. *died* :)
ep 13 please work on VIKII!

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hahaha.. LOL..... So cute recap.....

JB actually i'm always after your "Song of the day" not the recap.... hahaha.. JOKE.. also the Hoi couple.....

Gosshhiiee....... This is getting serious....... Scenes are on its climax.. I cant bear it anymore... Arrgg...

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From the way I see it, it's like total reversal of "The Little Mermaid"!!

From Mi-ho seeing herself as the mermaid, as time goes on, it's Dae-woong who transitizes as the mermaid about to turn into sea mush...

From seeing the dagger, it's like the mermaid split herself in 2: Dae-woong dying in the end, & Mi-ho with the dagger
(since the orig. story involved the mermaid having an option to kill the prince so that she could live...)

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Dae-woong: “As the person who loves you, this is my decision. Who knows where this will go, but let’s do it together. If we live, we both live. And if we die, we die together.”

This is how it should be. Well hopefully without the dying part. People shouldn't try to to what they think is right for the other party. They should figure it out together. I love this kdrama for twisting things for the better.

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LOVING THIS DRAMA SO HARD NOW.

It took me a little while for it to kick in - I wasn't on board by the first episode like many other watchers here. But now - it's hook, line and sinker, baby!

I am dying of love for this metaphor - the sandglass, the crosswalk, the two lovers throwing away all that noble "dying for you" crap, and taking on their problems TOGETHER. As equals, as partners, as lovers completely in love.

I can't wait for the next episode. What on earth will it bring?!

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OMG! honestly, when I was thinking how this would end, I was like .. if the bead is eating at him, why doesn't she just take the bead when it's half full so she has half human energy and he has half too so he doesn't die?

AND THEN IT HAPPENS. AMAZING. LOL.

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superrrrr <3

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This episode made me cry and cheer and feel the whole gambit of emotions. I also missed happy-bubbly Mi Ho like crazy. Her melancholy was painted in her every action this episode and made for a sharp contrast to how she is normally.
I was not expecting that particular solution to their dilemma, but I love it! It didn't even dawn on me the signficance of it being the exact half-way mark beyond my wondering how they were going to wrap up 50 days in the remaining three episodes, but giving back the bead at exactly the half-way point is one of those brilliant solutions that seems so simple.

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