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Black: Episode 2

Who knew that a Grim Reaper could be so hilarious? Not that death is exactly all fun and games (just ask Ha-ram and her terrifying visions), but when there’s a supernatural being who barely deigns to tolerate humans and their petty rules of polite society — despite becoming human himself — then zany shenanigans are bound to happen.

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

A bride and groom drive along a road, happy in their newly married life. But in the back seat sits a Grim Reaper, patiently waiting for the moment a truck driver dozes off at the wheel and drifts into the oncoming lane. The groom is forced to swerve around the Truck of Doom, causing the car to roll.

Bloody and injured from the accident, the bride calls out for her dying husband. As the Reaper walks closer to the car, a voice reminds him that he must not look into the eyes of anyone who’s ever been in love. If he does, then a horrible tragedy will befall him. The Reaper looks into the woman’s eyes.

Moo-gang’s mother rushes to the ER, but her worst fears are confirmed when Soo-wan, still bloody from her failed attempt to save Moo-gang’s life, starts to cry. Another doctor runs to them, freaked out because he just saw Moo-gang in the hallway. Everyone runs to the morgue, but much to their shock, Moo-gang’s body is no longer there.

Ha-ram attempts to hang herself, and just as she’s pushed away the chair, the news reports that Moo-gang is still alive. Ha-ram struggles to get her footing, but the chair is too far away. As she begins to lose consciousness, she desperately begs her father to help her live.

Ha-ram wakes up to Man-soo’s dog licking her face. She freaks out to find him and the dog in her apartment, but Man-soo quickly explains that he’s not a thief — the dog actually saved her life.

Man-soo totally believes she’s a fortune teller, and he got her information when she was the police station. He wanted her to tell him if his dog is gong to die soon, but when no one answered the door, he was just going to leave. His dog kept insistently barking at the door, though, so Man-soo broke in and managed to pull Ha-ram down in time.

Instead of answering, Ha-ram gets him to drive her to the hospital. On the way there, she spots the Reaper-possessed Moo-gang waiting to cross the street. She orders Man-soo to park so she can run over to Reaper Moo-gang. Ha-ram calls him “Joon Oppa,” the name she knew him as during her childhood, but Reaper Moo-gang just shoves her out of the way, causing the red thread bracelet to be ripped off his wrist.

Reaper Moo-gang staggers and passes out, and Ha-ram takes him back to the hospital. Even though there’s still a bullet in his brain, all the tests that are run on him came back normal.

One of the hospital administrators arrives to check in with Mom and see how she’s faring with this surprise news of her son. The administrator seems super shady when he’s alone in his office, though, and glares at CCTV footage of Moo-gang leaving the hospital.

Moo-gang is asleep when the masked figure from before appears at his bedside, this time with a syringe filled with something that he puts into Moo-gang’s IV bag. The masked man tells someone over the phone that “it’s taken care of.”

As the man leaves the room, he runs into Ha-ram at the elevator, where she accidentally knocks the empty syringe from his hand. Ha-ram doesn’t think anything about it, except to grumble at how rude the man is when he doesn’t thank her for picking it up for him.

Reaper Moo-gang wakes up in the hospital bed to find Soo-wan asleep by him, still holding his hand. Moo-gang snatches his hand from her as he sits up, and she wakes up, worried about how he’s feeling. Soo-wan tearfully apologizes, saying that it was all her fault.

Going back to the conversation they had a month ago on the rooftop, she tells Moo-gang that she didn’t approach him on purpose. But Reaper Moo-gang (who we’ll call Black when he’s in Reaper form) cuts her off, wondering why seeing her makes his heart do strange things.

He puts her hand to his chest, asking why he feels a fluttering. A flashback shows that the first time Moo-gang met Soo-wan at the hospital, he felt the same fluttering. Black wonders if his heart is defective, and Soo-wan repeats the words Moo-gang told her originally — that the heart recognizes the person you’re supposed to be with.

Black scoffs at such ridiculousness and orders Soo-wan to get out. Soo-wan slowly does, and Ha-ram, who’s been listening at the door all this time, scurries to hide around the corner.

Ha-ram has fixed the broken bracelet, and she quietly enters the hospital room where Black is once again sleeping. She studies his face, realizing that she was an idiot not to recognize her childhood first love, Joon Oppa.

In a flashback, young Ha-ram confesses that she loves everything about Joon Oppa, much to the boy’s amusement. She even promises to become his bride when she grows up, then bursts into tears as she asks him to not like “that other girl.” In order to appease her, Joon Oppa promises to marry her, and they pinky-swear on it.

At the hospital, Ha-ram smiles as she remembers that day, and then tries to put the bracelet back on the sleeping Black. But he wakes up and swiftly pins her to the bed as if ready to attack, until she coughs out that she’s Ha-ram.

She pleads with him to remember who she is, and Black growls at her to get out. His head wound still seems to cause him pain, and he writhes on the bed. Ha-ram finds it impossible to believe that he can’t remember her when he’s been wearing the bracelet all these years, and calls him a jerk as she storms out of the room.

In the morning, Ha-ram’s angry and determined to make Moo-gang remember her. But just as she barges into the hospital room, she finds him with one foot in the refrigerator. Ha! Black is mostly annoyed that his exit has been interrupted, and Ha-ram’s anger disappears as she stares at him in bafflement.

Sighing, he leaves the hospital the normal human way, but Ha-ram follows after him, begging “oppa” to remember her. Irritated, Black finally stops in his tracks, demanding to know what she wants from him.

Ha-ram’s convinced that Moo-gang recognized her that day at the fast food restaurant, because he kept track of her and said the exact same thing that Joon Oppa did about her visions being a blessing and not a curse. After all, there aren’t many people out there who have the ability to see death.

As she chatters at him, Black lifts up a manhole to escape, but at Ha-ram’s terrified reaction that he’s going to throw it at her, he sets it back down and runs off to the closest bus stop. He’s trying to lose Ha-ram, but when he orders the bus driver to hurry and go, the driver refuses until Black pays his fare.

That gives Ha-ram enough time to catch up, much to Black’s annoyance, and she pays for both of their bus fares.

Moo-gang’s mother throws a fit when she finds out that her son has once again vanished from the hospital, but a call from Ha-ram reassures everyone that she’s with him, although she doesn’t know exactly where he’s going.

Black is determined to find a way to shake Ha-ram. But Black also causes endless issues on the bus by refusing to hold onto the bus straps, refusing to apologize for stepping on a passenger’s toes (“Why? Would it cause your foot to hurt less?”), and refusing listen to a woman who tells him to sit down and shut up (“I don’t take orders from humans!”).

Black refuses to give up his seat to a little old lady, matter-of-factly telling her that she won’t die soon. He then considers the old woman to be rude because she keeps pushing him, although he’s actually the rude one, since the elderly have priority for those seats. When Ha-ram is distracted by holding onto the woman’s belongings, Black hurries off the bus.

He steps into a wardrobe that’s sitting next to a moving truck and disappears, only to reappear in the police station bathroom. Kwang-kyun is at the urinal, surprised to see his partner there — and wearing nothing but a hospital gown, jacket, and boots. Black stares him down, but once he realizes that Kwang-kyun is a detective, he literally twists Kwang-kyun’s arm to help him find an address of a man he’s looking for.

Kwang-kyun reluctantly gives the address to him, realizing that Moo-gang is probably suffering some effects of the gunshot, which is why he isn’t his usual self.

The address takes Black to a food cart ahjumma, who stares at his odd attire. He tells her that he’s tailing someone, and she wonders who it could be. Black: “You.” She takes pity on him, assuming he’s not in his right mind, and gives him a few dollars.

But Black actually has his sight set on a loan shark that’s there to shake down the food cart ahjumma for money. The loan shark sees Black, but can’t take him seriously in his strange getup. It doesn’t matter, because Black easily knocks the loan shark to the ground, but as soon as he puts a gun to the man’s head, he realizes that he’s not the person he’s looking for after all.

The loan shark has gangster friends, though, and not just any gangsters — they’re the same ones Moo-gang vomited on that night at the restaurant. They’re confident that they can take on what they think is a weak detective, but the kickass Reaper easily defeats them all.

The next place Black goes to is a girl’s high school, since apparently, the person he’s trying to find has a sister. He crouches as he waits outside, unconcerned that Moo-gang’s genitals are on display for all to see. He sees an ad for a black trench coat (the classic Reaper attire!), and heads to a high-end shop to buy one for himself.

The shop keeper is stunned when Black proudly hands over the 3,000 won the food cart lady gave him, even though the coat costs over 2,000,000 won.

Before she can do anything about it, Black disappears though the dressing room door and reappears in the girl’s high school bathroom, where he admires his new coat — completely unconcerned that he’s still naked beneath it.

He’s immediately arrested as a pervert, a word that doesn’t mean anything to him — nor does common decency, as he sees no reason to cover up just because the officer tells him to. Black finally remembers what his human name is, but when the exasperated officer asks for his social security number, Black grandly says that he’s not of this society, so he doesn’t need one. Pffft.

Black is distracted by the scent of food as he realizes that he’s hungry. He shoves his way to where the other detectives are eating and, without asking, starts chowing down. When he’s given the phone to speak to Kwang-kyun, Black seems vaguely offended when someone points out that he’s holding the phone upside down.

Kwang-kyun is calling because there’s a murder they have to check out. The woman, a head doctor at a local mental health clinic, was slashed repeatedly in the abdomen, enough that her intestines spilled out. The attacker was a patient at the hospital, staying there under an assumed name, and the only clue they have right now of the killer’s identity is a partially burnt photograph of a high school student — a student that looks an awful lot like Joon Oppa.

Black realizes that he has to follow Kwang-kyun’s orders or else Moo-gang will be fired as a detective, which will screw up all of Black’s plans. So he goes to the hospital by way of his magic bathroom portal.

Hahaha, when the detectives realize that Moo-gang is headed their way, they hurry to shield the body, since they assume that he’s going to vomit all over it. One of them even gives him a bag to use, asking him to just throw up now and get it out of the way.

Black surprises everyone when he not only doesn’t lose his cookies, but he also crouches next to the body, accurately analyzing the brutal way in which the woman was killed. He even picks up a portion of the woman’s intestines, which causes all the other detectives to retch.

They’re stunned by Black’s detailed assessment that the woman was likely killed by a professional assassin, but he just nonchalantly tells him he’s been studying causes of death for years.

Kwang-kyun is furious that someone ordered food delivered to a crime scene, but of course it’s for the hungry Black, who delights in a stew filled with bits of offal. The other detectives are stunned that the Moo-gang they know can eat right now, and when they get sent a video of Black easily taking down a gang of dozen men, Kwang-kyun wonders if Black really is Moo-gang.

That causes Black to spit out his food, which lands next to the dead body. A good piece of offal can’t be wasted, though, and all the other detectives go diving for a place to puke when Black picks up the food from where it’s sitting in the dead woman’s blood — and then happily eats it. Ew.

Realizing that something is clearly not right with his partner, Kwang-kyun escorts him back to the hospital. Moo-gang’s mother is worried that the gunshot wound has given her son amnesia (in addition to his other odd behaviors) since he can’t seem to remember who she or Soo-wan are. For Soo-wan, Moo-gang’s memory loss would be an asset, because it would mean he’ll have forgotten about their conversation on the rooftop.

When Ha-ram remembers how Black didn’t recognize her, she tosses the red thread bracelet away, declaring that she’s giving up on her first love.

Meanwhile, Man-soo happily polishes his new CEO name plate, but his joy is quickly dashed when he learns that Royal Insurance is declaring bankruptcy and will be sold off.

Ha-ram gets a call from her landlady, who tells Ha-ram that she’s returned her security deposit because Ha-ram’s father stopped by and said that Ha-ram was moving out. That’s a surprise to Ha-ram, who of course doesn’t have a father.

Ha-ram goes to someone’s house, where she pounds on the door until the woman’s son lets Ha-ram in. Ha-ram searches the woman’s belongings until she finds a package hidden in a corner. When she opens it, Ha-ram’s surprised that it’s her father’s old detective’s badge, wallet, and keys. Ohhhh, is this her mother’s house?

The boy says that sometimes his mother pulls out those items and cries over them, which also surprises Ha-ram. She looks at the photos in the wallet, then pulls out an old folded paper that says that they know that Ha-ram’s father didn’t die from losing his footing, and the note’s author asks to meet with Ha-ram’s mother.

A flashback shows young Ha-ram shocked to see the Death Shadow lingering around her father. Dad quietly reassures her that it’s okay, then asks if she can see how he will die. Young Ha-ram touches the Shadow, revealing that someone with a spider tattoo on his hand will push Dad off a building.

Dad promises young Ha-ram that he’ll catch the bad guy before anything can happen, and that he’ll be home soon. He leaves despite young Ha-ram’s desperate attempts to get him to stay.

Adult Ha-ram runs to the hospital, where her mother works as a nurse, and as she does, she remembers that day when she saw her father’s dead body. She also saw a man with a spider tattoo disappearing into the crowd, but no one listened to her when she insisted that he was the man who killed her father.

At the hospital, Ha-ram demands to know why Mom never reported Dad’s death to the police, even after receiving a note from someone who knew his death wasn’t an accident. Ha-ram angrily asks why Mom didn’t bother to even meet with that person, but Mom says it’s not like it would have changed anything.

Ha-ram screams in frustration, because once again, her visions of Dad’s death are dismissed, but Mom pleads with Ha-ram to keep her visions a secret, like she’s always told her to do. Ha-ram blames Mom for abandoning young her and Dad though, and for not following up with how Dad died. Ha-ram shrieks that Mom is no better than Dad’s murderer.

Mom screams that back then she didn’t care if Dad’s death was a murder or an accident. She says that Dad had to die because everything went wrong, including her falling in love with him and giving birth to Ha-ram. Ha-ram cries as she runs away from the hospital.

Moo-gang’s mother and Soo-wan drive Black home — or, at least, Moo-gang’s home. Black wanders around the house, sneering at the tacky decor. Ha.

Ha-ram realizes that Moo-gang should be able to help her track down the person who originally wrote the note, but she doesn’t know where Moo-gang is now that he’s been discharged from the hospital. She wonders if he’s still living at the address that Joon Oppa gave her when he moved away.

Ha-ram returns to her apartment to find a man rummaging through her belongings. He’s the one who lied that she was moving out so he could take her security deposit, and now he finds her secret stash of savings, promising that he’ll hit the jackpot and pay her back with interest. The man seems to know about her visions, since he blames them for her father’s death.

Ha-ram threatens to give him a “reading,” using her “powers” just like when her father died. She screams and flails about as she tells him that if he leaves her house with the money, he’ll immediately die. The man doesn’t really care, though, since he needs the money to protect him from the loan sharks who will kill him anyway.

It’s dark and stormy, and Black watches out the window as a man walks slowly towards the house, leaving bloody footprints in the rain.

Huddled on the floor of her apartment, Ha-ram quietly calls out for Joon Oppa. She hears Joon Oppa’s voice telling her to get up so she won’t catch a cold. In a vision, she sees the young boy surrounded by a black cloud. She tearfully asks why he never wrote her, and why he pretended not to recognize her. She reaches out for him, but he fades away.

Ha-ram, coming out of her vision, wonders if Joon Oppa is dead, seeing the red thread bracelet on the floor where she threw it away previously.

At the police station, the detectives have been working on tracking down the murderer from the mental hospital. But even though the man was supposedly a patient, there are no hospital records, and no DNA evidence was found in the patient’s room.

The man with the bloody footsteps enters Moo-gang’s house, and it’s none other than Moo-gang, in the outfit he was killed in, with blood streaming from his head. Moo-gang stares at Black, asking, “Who are you?”

Watching from a telescope across the way is the man who had originally tried to take Moo-gang’s eyes. Behind him is a wall filled with photographs of Moo-gang, and a flashback reveals that Moo-gang was actually killed not by the man holding him hostage, but by a sniper under someone’s orders.

As Moo-gang fell to the ground after being shot, he saw an outline of three figures, one of whom vowed to catch someone with his own hands. These are presumably three Reapers, because Black tells the confused and bloody Moo-gang that Moo-gang actually died that day.

Moo-gang continues to ask who the man is, and Black’s appearance changes into his true Reaper form.

 
COMMENTS

Oooooh, what a fun and unexpected cameo from Kim Tae-woo, who will hopefully stick around a little longer and explain what the heck is going on — not just to poor Moo-gang, but to all us viewers as well. It does make me wonder if only Moo-gang can see Reaper’s real form, since he kept asking “Who are you?” even when we only saw Black. Then again, I have to remind myself that Moo-gang is dead (sniffle, sniffle), so of course he’s probably on some spiritual plane and therefore only sees the true Reaper form. I’m foolishly hoping that there will be some way to save Moo-gang, if only because my heart breaks for Ha-ram’s affection for her childhood oppa and her resulting despair in realizing that something dire has happened to him (especially after realizing he was “alive” gave her reason to live). But I’m also excited that we’re actually delving more into the supernatural and slowly unraveling some mysteries.

I’d really appreciate it, though, if OCN would make me a relationship chart so I could figure out why all these minor characters seem to matter (just who is that guy that was digging around for money Ha-ram’s apartment?), or that I wouldn’t feel dumb realizing their connections much later (such as realizing that this woman is Ha-ram’s mother). I’m trying to relax and let the story take its natural course and unravel itself at its own pace, but when there are so many details that continue to be thrown my way, how can I not be impatiently desperate in my desire to organize and understand how everything is connected?

Black seems to be on the hunt for someone — another Reaper, I presume — but needs Moo-gang and his detective status to do that. Moo-gang, who has also been investigating a twenty-year-old mystery, had his secret room filled with… secrets. Moo-gang’s mother, who works at a hospital owned by Royal Group, works with an administrator who I can already tell is super shady. Then there’s Royal Group, who’s about to throw its goofy superstitious chaebol Man-soo under the bus to protect their other businesses. And also Soo-wan, who hid her identity even though she grew up in the same town as Moo-gang (and whom I’m assuming was “the other girl” young Ha-ram was crying over in the flashback when Ha-ram begged Joon Oppa to marry her instead). Then there’s the fact that Moo-gang apparently can’t remember he’s Joon Oppa of Ha-ram’s childhood, the mysterious mental patient assassin who left no traces behind except for a partially burnt photograph of Joon Oppa, the man with the spider tattoo, who’s definitely going to show up again, because why else would they give us that important detail and then let him vanish without a trace?

I’m definitely in no rush for Black to figure out human society, though. Given the heavy tone of the first episode, I was not expecting so many laughs in this show, but I’m not complaining. I loved every minute that Black was obnoxiously arrogant as he single-mindedly pursued his goal, yet all the while being completely clueless about everyday human life. I have no idea why he can enter anything closet-like and only exit into bathrooms, but it’s a delightful detail (and makes me wonder if Black was the one who entered Ha-ram’s sauna locker in the previous episode, causing her to think she imagined the door closing despite it being locked).

Also, I’m not above admitting that I appreciated every moment of Song Seung-heon’s nakedness. From what I’ve heard, I suppose I should consider myself lucky that this is the first drama I’ve ever seen him in, but honestly I think he’s doing great — and not just because of his sculpted six pack. Even though I know that Black’s confident and obnoxious behavior is diametrically opposed to the bumbling, weak-stomached Moo-gang just so we can appreciate the difference between the human and the supernatural being, I still appreciate that Song Seung-heon has me fully believing they are definitely two different, uh, “people.”

While the first couple of episodes have been a little bumpy just based on the sheer volume of information that’s been shoved our way (nearly three hours of details that will probably end up important later), I have faith that the show will settle in and that I won’t feel like I’m constantly scrambling as scenes zip by. If nothing else, I’m excited that we’ll finally get to experience more Reapers and maybe learn why Ha-ram can see the Shadows.

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The main problem I find with the show is that it keeps throwing things at us and going "Oh what a twist!" when the audience is still confused about that one scene from the first episode and waiting for answers that the show is refusing to give.

The episode was funny, I almost fell off my chair several times, but when it wasn't focused on his Junk all that was left was the empty feeling of confusion.

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Thanks for the recap @odilettante, at the very least I understood some of the confusing things.

I'd probably just stick with recaps for now because I'm still recovering from the migraine induced by watching this episode and just amuse myself with screencaps of SSH being funny in the beanies section.

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Is the reaper from the opening scene also Ha Ram's dad? They look like the same guy, with vastly different make-up. It would explain her ability.

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@greenfields I compared the two actors' faces side-by-side. If they're the same man, kudos to the make-up dept. Which is quite possible because these K-dramas have impressive production values.

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Umm...I did too. They seemed to have similar features - the jaw, nose, etc. But it would indeed be an impressive credit to the make-up department if they are the same person. That's INCREDIBLY good.

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through all the confusion of the first 2 eps...THAT is my theory. dad is / was a reaper. fell in love (?) with mom. had a kid = Ha Ram. hence her ability and his understanding of it.

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Hahahaha yes, that's pretty much all I've got too. And that the Reaper isn't adequately informed on human etiquette.

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@wilson,

I came to the same conclusion after initially confusing Reaper #416 with Han Moo-gang in the darkness and under water.

Hilariously, little Ha-ram is played by the same child actor who portrayed Yoo-na, the girl who could hear Shim Chun's mermaid thoughts in LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA. Apparently Reaper Vision is just as heritable as Mermaid Mind Reading -- and Mighty Child strength, if Dad Amogae in REBEL: THIEF WHO STOLE THE PEOPLE is to be believed. ;-)

Speaking of superhuman capabilities, in episode 1, I loved Detective Na Gwang-gyun's telling his rookie partner that he'd better develop super duper vision like the 6 BILLION DOLLAR MAN -- as he runs off in pseudo slow-motion. LOL! Kim Won-hae is terrific as the frustrated senior detective.

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I anticipate some similarities with Legend of the blue sea, with Black trying to learn about the human world by watching TV. Haha

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Little Ha Ram is played by Choi Myung Bin (she played the kid version of the female lead in "Chicago Typewriter") and not by Shin Rin Ah (who also played Uee's daughter in "Marriage Contract").

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Thanks for ID'ing her! Another great child actress in the making. ;-)

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Oo, nice theory. Might be true coz I think Black (if he is one of the three reaper appearing when Moo-gang is dying) might be looking for some kind of runaway reaper. What if the bride in the car is actually Ha-ram's mom, might explain her saying everything went wrong.

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I agree that the bride was Ha-ram's mom! I think that's also why even though the mother left her husband and kid, she still mourned for her husband - but who he was before the reaper took over his body.

From watching Black, if Haram's dad was acting even a quarter as weird as Black acts, the mom would have definitely noticed that her husband was a different man with shady powers. I'm surprised Daddy Reaper was able to raise Haram.

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I suspect every Reaper has their own personality and quirks. Ha-ram's Reaper dad was a loving father. I hope we'll see more flashbacks to Ha-ram's parents' marriage. The family photo in Dad's wallet showed her as infant. Did mom skedaddle soon after Ha-ram's birth?

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This show has captured my attention! I am liking Go Ara in this dramatic role, I think she is doing a great job.

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@Jenny,

I agree. She certainly has the pathos and unrequited longing for Oppa down pat. She's doing a dandy job conveying the barren emotional landscape she's been enduring since before her dad died. In addition to the Cassandra-like curse that dooms her to standing by helplessly while people die, she's also burdened with survivor's guilt up the wazoo. She portrays the oppressiveness of her circumstances very well, and made her suicide attempt look like a rational course of action in an impossibly painful no-win situation.

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....I wish writer would stop writing comedic scenes. Please. It always feels so random. Black acting like a pervert and eating food which fell near the dead body was gross. Not funny.

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yup, had to look away when he ate that cause I might throw up too.

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Oh dear. I have to admit I thought it was hil-ar-i-ous! The ability to go against social norms is what makes the amnesiac scenario is so thrilling and risqué.

Yes, I groaned at the scene where he plucked his food from the floor. It was disgusting—and I laughed while covering my eyes.

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Yeah, I also felt that the comedy was overdone and a little repetitive (like Black appearing in the stall and his colleague getting pee all over his hands). Like it's really broad and focused on bodily fluids for a thriller. I expected a more dry, dark humor, but what we got was something out of a sitcom. I'm surprised that we haven't gotten a diarrhea scene yet.

However, I do think the comedy helps me digest Song Seung Hun, who is more charming being robotic and weird rather than cringe-inducing with his dramatic acting.

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Agreed @ar. I'm not familiar with SSH's past roles but you've identified a key point about limited actors: They can shine in the right roles. Think Keanu Reeves, the epitome of a limited (and possibly terrible) actor. But put in the first Matrix movie or John Wick, and he's a compelling presence.

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What happened to 20th century ep 7-8 recaps?? I keep refreshing recap page all day after seeing 20th century ep 7-8 gonna be posted next but turns out black ep 2 was the one got posted & then because this is my first life 4th ep gonna be up next. Why they just got dissapear like that? (TT______TT) </3

Anyway for Black, it's a hilarious show but I had no idea what this is all about, am so puzzled.

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I think 20th century episodes 7-8 were not aired because of some sports event

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i checked the recap for 5-6, and i can safely say that 7 and 8 were aired because i know what happens after 5-6. lol the double episodes still confuse me

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They recap at their whim. The fast recappers are usually javabeans, tineybeany and heads(?), Maybe lovepark?

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Using your barking dog as an excuse to break into someone's apartment.... good luck explaining that to the police if you don't end up saving someone's life.

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Did Man-soo refer to his dog as his brother? (I can't check the video at the moment.) I thought that was sweet; the dog is clearly his best friend.

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In the subtitles I read, Man-soo did indeed refer to his canine associate as his brother. Considering what a rat fink his biological hyung is, he's better off with a 4-legged bro of a different mother. LOL!

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Truck did so well in episode 1 that they called him back for ep 2.

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But how did they ever fit the Truck of Doom down a manhole to get back to the past?!

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This is just sooo confusing.... if its gonna keep confusing me then i m totaaly gonna drop it...

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It might be improper to do it here, but could you please recap Buamdong Revenge Club?

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I haven't started yet, going to wait until a few more episodes are up. Just wanted to say though that Kim Won Hae must be the busiest guy in dramaland!! He's in this, while you were sleeping, criminal minds and played 2 characters in strong woman do bong soon!! 😂

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I knew about his gig in CRIMINAL MINDS, but the other roles as well? Wow. He's as busy as Ha-ram's mom (Kim Jung-young) has been in the past year: Dong-Joo's mom in ROMATIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM; Soo-ji's mom in LOOKOUT; and Chae-kyung's mom in SEVEN DAY QUEEN.

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2017 is definitely the year of Kim Won Hae. He was also in Chief Kim (one of the other Chief Kim actors is also in this drama too!) and briefly in Tomorrow with You (in some flashbacks as the hero's dad). He was also in Hwarang - which ran from Dec through Feb. of this year, as his pseudo-dad.

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FYI he is also in the drama Signal as detective too. A villain in Criminal mind. A detective in While you were sleeping. And in do bong soon

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I like *some* mystery in a story like this, but they have confused me so bad in this episode. They've created too many questions and not enough answers. I'm not going to remember all these details when it matters. I *want* to like this show, so I'm going try to give it another episode or two to settle in before I decide what to do with it.

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Thanks for this show.... i am laugh so loud.... 😆😆😆 yeah not my favorite but I will wait next episode.

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I think the man who was in her apartment looking for money was her step-dad (the one who also took her deposit money)?

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Yes, which makes Ha-ram all the more tragic. Oof—is anybody on her side? No wonder she clung to the memory of her childhood first love.

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I have a special loathing for Kdrama parents who parasitize their kids -- or who are just too pathetically incompetent to breathe. Usually I've seen pathetic moms (like Eun-chan's in COFFEE PRINCE, whose neck I wanted to wring). At least it's now equal-opportunity Pathetic Parental Units. ;-)

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That's what I got too.

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That's what I think too. I'm surprised (but also not surprised, because this is a kdrama) at how easily the stepdad was able to tell Haram's landlord "hey, my kid's moving out. Here's the account to which you can return her deposit money. Yeah, it's definitely hers." Despite that kid being a grown woman, the landlord was like "yep. okay." Not as bad as Full House where the heroine's friends sold her house from under her, but still...

I was sad during that scene between Haram and her stepfather. Not only did her mother abandon her, her stepfather is this horrible guy. Because of her condition, it must be really hard to make a living and save money.

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Watched this ep coz curious after reading the first recap, am expecting to like the mystery thread but not expecting all the wackiness! Black all dignified and cool and saying "What?", and of course the phone is upside down ><
With the surprise reveal of Kim Tae-woo, I suddenly can see him doing all the squatting with manly bits flashing and slurping soup, so I guess Song Seung-heon is doing his job well..?

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I totally got into this episode but I agree it was confusing as hell.

In broad strokes: something happened 20 years ago involving Ha Ram's dad, Moo Gang's girlfriend, the hospital administrator, maybe MG's mom and HR's mom, that has something to do with a sex change operation? And HR's dad may have been a reaper who fell in love with her mom, and that's why HR can see the almost dying? I kind of like the last premise because it means a happy ending might not mean Black becoming human, but HR becoming a reaper... maybe.

Still have no clue or even good guess about MG and the secret room except he's been on the trail of whoever killed HR's dad? I dunno.

One thing I'm almost certain about is that HR will be hired by the insurance chaebol, and he'll turn the business around cause she can tell him who's a bad risk if they've got black mist around them.

I know some of it was gross but I loved the scenes where Black is oblivious to social convention and lets it all hang out. Very funny. I like his character all round much more than MG in fact. I didnt find MG interesting.

This is the show Im looking forward to next week. It's been a while since I almost couldn't wait so it's getting something right for me at least.

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I miss Moo Gang...

Episode 2 is still very messy but at least we've got enough to build theories upon. My wild theory: I think original Joon died young and Moo Gang was some other entity...maybe a reaper. If Haram's dad can live a relatively normal life and die, then it's possible for Moo Gang to experience the same.

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Am missing Moo-gang too, but has high hope he'll still be appearing in future episodes! At least he's not in afterlife yet..? Wondering whether he still have control over his body, since Black said that his heart flutters for Soo-wan. Maybe they can co-exist for a bit ^^

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I am still confused about the two SSHs at the end of episode 2. If the reaper has inhabited the body of the dead Mugang, then who is the other blood-splattered Mugang who walks back home, only to stare at his lookalike in shock and being told he is already dead? Or was he actually dead a long time ago, as a child (hence the skeleton in the car at the beginning of episode 1 when the reaper dives into the sea and embraces the skeleton in the car, asking You are me?

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@eva,

The two SSHs at the end of ep. 2 also threw me. I suspect that this might be Reaper Black encountering Mu-gang's soul, spirit, or fetch, but I really don't know. It would be in keeping with the notion that people who die sudden, violent deaths don't know they've died at first, and need help in moving on, which is where mudangs, monks -- and reapers -- come in.

I didn't understand what was going on with young Joon towards the end. He seemed to be isolated in a barren place. Earlier, his mother said something about having worked so hard to keep him alive. That sounded ominous. If he had died as a child, we might end up with an ARANG AND THE MAGISTRATE scenario. But I don't think that was the case. That looked like an adult skeleton in the underwater car.

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Uumm... I just curious with the man who act as snipper. What his name? I thought I've seen him in some dramas

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Thanks for your recap and commentary, @odilettante!

Moo-gang's assassination by sniper was made to look like collateral damage in a hostage standoff. Whoever is calling the shots must be an 800-pound gorilla.

ROFLMAO when I saw the look of horror on Detective Oh So-tae's face when he realized that Moo-gang of the delicate stomach was headed for the crime scene -- followed by the rest of the officers forming a barricade in front of the corpse. The instantaneous deployment of a barf bag cracked me up. (Why didn't anyone think of that before?)

Although it was gross, I had to laugh at Reaper Black's invocation of the "five-second rule" when he retrieved that delectable morsel that landed in the pool of blood next to the corpse. Waste not, want not! "Bone" apetit. ;-)

I'm not into toilet humor, but the Potty Portal slays me. It was bad enough that Reaper Black tried sneaking out of his hospital room via the refrigerator (which I initially confused with the instance in BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST when Se-hee's drunken slob roommate peed in the fridge). From what I can tell, it seems that he has to pass through a doorway, but how he ends up at a specific bathroom is beyond me. I think I'll stick with StarGates, thankyouverymuch. And wardrobes, if I don't have to share them with a Lion or a Witch. ;-)

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Yea, reapers could enter any door to get to where they want. That Black always ends up in a toilet must be down to the writer's penchant for toilet humor.

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My question is.. if u have the power to see other people's deaths, are you suddenly obligated to save/warn them of their fate. It's certainly an ethical and consciencial (?) challenge, but what if the person wanted a simple life? The burden can be too much. hmm

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Seems like your comment assumes the power to see their deaths also comes with the power to change their deaths. If their death can't be avoided, or warning them actually brings about their deaths, one might think one has done the ethically wrong thing.

The best RL parallel right now IMO is genetic information. Some people do want to know if they have a predisposition to certain types of diseases. Other people live happier in ignorance. The real issue is, how does one check on the preferences of others without giving the game away?

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This show is so dark yet I'm hooked to it. I find the concept very interesting & for today's episode, the *fish out of water* shenningan was great lol

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I'm so confused, and it's hard on my stomach to watch this episode. I stopped just right before reaper pick up the offal on top of the victim's blood. Nope, no way, I'm out. I was already sick when the detective friend with his hand full of urine manhandled reaper. I really don't like that kind of nasty jokes. I'm just gonna continue through reading your recaps, until it gets all juicy and nice.

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*confused with the story, too many random details. I already had to soldier through ep 1 with all the throwing up. Everything is just too much, I didn't find it funny at all. It's too bad, because I really like go Ara in this, and her story.

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Ha Ram is a grim reaper daughter thats why she can foresee ghost. Remember the scene about the marri3d couple thats her mother her husband already died but since the grim reaper made eye contactwith a human who is inlove he inhabit the man's body like what happened to Moo gang.

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Like other beanies, I'm also confused with what's going on, but I laughed like crazy watching this episode. LOL. 🤣🤣 If this drama is still going to funny like this with dark humor until the end, I think I'll stick around even if I don't understand the story line.

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Utter, utter confusion. What is going on? I have to stop the show half way and come here to read about it.

I suppose the pissing colleague, the pantyless, the meal next to the corpse are suppose to be funny.. but I cant laugh.

And the incessant talking by HaRam knowing that guy just injured his head doesnt do good either.

I think it is tough to carry on with this show.

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Haram's stepfather was taking her money. He did say he raised her for few years. How did you miss that?

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omg I who knew from this show seeming to be so dark it would beso funny as well!!! I spit out my drink from laughing at all the crotch shots !!😂😂😂😂

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Currently watching episode 3 but i still curious why episode 3 same as episode 2?? Is it flashback or what?

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I don’t get some people! First of all, do you know there is sth called “patience”?? You judge only based on watching few episodes?! Really?
Second, so many people watch movies/series because it’s the combination of different kinds of art. Acting, music, editing, and sooo many more. How can you ignore all these and just think about the storyline, sum ups, n opinions.
No offence to the ones who said they are gonna stop watching n only read recaps, I read the recaps and enjoy as much as others do but nothing can be compared to the sweetness of the mixture of actions, voices, face expressions.

#loveandpeace

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Am I the only one completely annoyed at Ha-Ram??? I really hated the unwarranted hysteria and cheating wife act she pulls...come on, who takes a promise like marriage during childhood seriously? (If a kid says she wants to marry daddy....you think it's serious?)

She seems like an angsty teenager whose only way of expressing herself is via screaming and other volatile meltdowns is a rather depressing thing to see...given that she grew up with this...I would have wanted to see her act a bit more mature/calm about it

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Thank you for the recap, was waiting for it. Love the drama's supernatural element now that it's gloomy Autumn/Halloween season. Very tickled by Song Seung Hun's 'bare' honesty & perfectly-timed humor; can't help laughing but cringed at the same time...hah! Also, thought he looked like Choi Tae Joon in some angle shots! Go Ara put in a great act too! Am hilariously hooked...(not literally speaking please)...by this grim reaper tale....yikes!😅

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Does anyone know who played the bride?

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I also enjoyed this episode although the female lead kind of annoyed me in this one. Watching her following Joon Oppa around screaming at him to remember her while he was clearly behaving like somebody with brain damage really annoyed me. She may not realise he's been possessed by a Reaper but she should have remembered he just got shot in the head.

He just got shot in the head and she's all like, "Why don't you still love me, person I haven't seen in 20 years". "How dare you date somebody else, person who promised to marry me when I was, like, five". "We pinky promised!" If I didn't know better, I'd assume she was the one with brain damage.

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I am here because I have a lot of questions like who's who.. there's too many characters and I'm not sure if I remember them all right.

Like.. Haram's dad looks like the Grim Reaper with Bride and Groom. also, Moo-Gangs senior-detective-partner (i forgot his name) is the same detective who's with Haram on the crimescene when her father died.

and i'm also confused, if the mother is Haram's mom, because at first I thought she was the other woman or mistress of her father (she's so mad at her) lol, but then she said that giving birth to her was wrong too. I don't know, but this drama confuses me even on little things hahahaha

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Who's that bride and groom in real life? I've seen that girl before but I forgot where

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