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The Guest: Episode 2

If anyone thought the second episode would be less scary or gory, well, think again. Evil spirits continue to destroy everyone’s lives and happiness thanks to Park Il-do’s vengeful bloodlust. The simple solution would be exorcism — but nothing is ever that simple, is it? At least there’s now a big, scary reason for our trio of protagonists to come together again as adults.

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Kil-young and Hwa-pyung stare at the flickering lights outside the apartment, then notice the wheelchair man, Kim Young-soo, on the street below. He’s no longer in a wheelchair, and he grins at them before speeidly running away.

Hwa-pyung and Kil-young sprint after him, and soon they’re chasing him across rooftops, leaping from building to building. Young-soo crashes through a window and races up the stairwell, leaving Hwa-pyung and Kil-young to split as they figure out how to get into the building.

Hwa-pyung runs to the rooftop first and grabs the man just as he’s about to climb over the side of the building. Young-soo pulls out a knife to stab Hwa-pyung, but Kil-young suddenly runs up and tackles him.

Even though Young-soo has supernatural strength on his side, Kil-young has some pretty swift and skillful moves herself, and with Hwa-pyung’s help, they manage to pin Young-soo to the ground. It takes all their combined effort to hold him.

Hwa-pyung demands to know where Young-soo’s daughter is. Young-soo starts to gasp out something, then his eyes roll back and his body relaxes.

Exhausted, Hwa-pyung and Kil-young let go of Young-soo, since he no longer seems like a threat. But suddenly the demon voice begins to speak, and the Young-soo says that he stabbed the girl. He also says he killed his wife, and suffocated the CEO of the cleaning company.

Kil-young starts punching Young-soo repeatedly in the face and Hwa-pyung has to drag her off him. She arrests him since he confessed to murder, and orders him to stand up.

But Hwa-pyung realizes that spirits aren’t helping him anymore, and he tells Kil-young that the man’s legs no longer work, so he’ll carry him to Kil-young’s car. Except Hwa-pyung locks the door behind him, purposefully leaving Kil-young on the roof so that he can take Young-soo to the shaman.

Yook Kwang desperately orders Hwa-pyung to get out — he doesn’t want a possessed spirit in his home, especially one as powerful as Park Il-do. The last time he tried to exorcise a powerful spirit like that, he nearly died. But Hwa-pyung’s on a mission and insists on an exorcism.

So it’s a good thing Yook Kang called for backup in the form of a couple of Catholic priests — one of whom is Yoon. Hwa-pyung doesn’t have much faith in these priests’ supposed ability to exorcise, but if they can help him find Park Il-do, that’s all that matters.

The elder priest, Priest Han, asks about Young-soo’s wounds, and Hwa-pyung says those were courtesy of the “crazy detective.” Since Young-soo is unconscious, they can’t be sure he’s possessed. Hwa-pyung retorts that the man was in a wheelchair and could barely speak, but Hwa-pyung just chased him across rooftops. Young-soo’s clearly possessed!

When Hwa-pyung demands they hurry and get the exorcism over with, Yoon asks if he’s a shaman. Hwa-pyung mutters that he’s just a taxi driver, so Yoon tells him to wait outside so he doesn’t interfere with the ritual. Hwa-pyung snarks that he’s probably more experienced than Yoon, anyway.

As the two men bicker — Hwa-pyung passionately and Yoon in a cold, rational manner — Young-soo slowly rises up from his bed. He grabs the older priest and in his demon voice, says that the priest smells “dirty.”

That’s enough proof for the priests, and they quickly tie Young-soo to the bed and prepare their holy items. Young-soo starts screaming and flailing in his demon voice. Priest Han worries about starting so quickly while Hwa-pyung and Yoon continue to bicker. Yook Kwang finally has to drag Hwa-pyung outside.

Priest Han starts to pray and rub holy water on the possessed man. Young-soo’s skin burns where the water is placed and his inner demons scream in pain. Young-soo starts to unnerve Priest Han by babbling about a daughter, a lecherous father, and an abusive step-father.

Shaken by these deeply personal stories, Priest Han stumbles back and puts a hand to his head, like his vision is blurry. Uh-oh. Yoon steps in as support, and Young-soo turns his attention to the younger priest. The spirits inside realize that this is Priest Choi’s younger brother.

Now it’s time for Priest Han to intervene. He orders Yoon not to look at Young-soo and to get out of the room. When Yoon steps outside, Hwa-pyung asks if it’s over, but Yoon just says that Priest Han is completing it by himself.

A knock at the gate nearly gives Yook Kwang a heart attack, but Hwa-pyung just sighs since he realizes that Kil-young finally caught up to him. She’s furious and ready to beat up anyone who stands in her way, but thankfully just then Priest Han, exhausted, tells everyone that the exorcism is over.

Kil-young takes Young-soo into custody. Since he’s back to his brain damaged state, he’s no threat anymore. Kil-young warns Hwa-pyung that she’ll be back with a warrant to arrest him, too, but Hwa-pyung says Kil-young should be thankful he helped her catch a possessed man.

Kil-young still isn’t buying the possessed story. She gets in the car to drive away, and Young-soo turns to look Hwa-pyung in the eye, echoing the words Hwa-pyung had told the daughter when he offered to buy her a snack, but the girl had refused.

Realizing that Young-soo is still possessed, Hwa-pyung pounds on the car window, yelling at Kil-young to watch out for the man’s eyes. But she just rolls her own eyes at him as she drives off.

Yoon lets Priest Han lean on him since he’s so weary after the exorcism. Priest Han says that maybe it’s time for him to quit. He’s been performing exorcisms for so long that he can feel his soul slowly being destroyed. Plus, he’s realized that he was only able to exorcise a weak spirit in the man, but that there’s a bigger, more powerful spirit out there — one that they might not be able to defeat.

The priest worries that Hwa-pyung has awakened something terrifying, and warns Yoon to stay away from him. Then his gaze changes and he looks across the busy street, wondering why his step-father is there. But there’s no one there, and when the priest suddenly steps out into the road to cross it, he’s run over by the Truck of Doom.

Kil-young’s frustrated because she’s not getting anywhere with her culprit, who can barely understand what she’s saying, much less speak. He begs for water, though, and downs a large bottle in practically one gulp, then starts scratching at his neck, deep enough to draw blood. Uh-oh.

The other cops try to intervene, and Young-soo slurs out that he’s been itchy since the day “he” came. The cops ask who he’s talking about. Suddenly Young-soo’s face changes, and in a demon voice, says that he came from the ocean. The lights start to flicker and Young-soo screams, “Park Il-do!” Then he grabs a pen and stabs his left eye.

Hwa-pyung arrives at the police station in time to see Young-soo being urgently taken to the hospital. Hwa-pyung has a sudden psychic vision of the young girl being tied up somewhere. He’s shaken out of his vision by Kil-young, who demands to know why he’s there and how he knew the man would poke out his eye.

Hwa-pyung reminds her that he’s a psychic, which she still refuses to believe. Hwa-pyung tells her about all the bodies that have been found covered in sea water with one of their eyes stabbed out. He shows her his collection of articles of people who’ve died in the same manner, then tells Kil-young that the daughter is still alive.

But Kil-young doesn’t have time to deal with Hwa-pyung since she has to hurry to the hospital to keep an eye on Young-soo. However, while she’s waiting at the hospital, she follows up on some of the cold cases from Hwa-pyung’s articles. She confirms that all the bodies had their left eye stabbed out.

Realizing that maybe Hwa-pyung might not be crazy after all, she brings him in to talk to Young-soo in order to figure out where the daughter is. The sprits possessing Youg-soo argue with each other, debating whether or not they should tell Hwa-pyung anything, or if they should just revel in their bloodlust and kill the girl.

Hwa-pyung demands to know why they’re bothering an innocent family, and the spirits argue that they’re only doing what Young-soo wanted. After his accident in the reservoir, the family couldn’t pay for the medical bills and were going to end up starving and penniless, so, depressed and in despair, Young-soo he could just kill himself and his family so they wouldn’t have to deal with the agony any more.

Park Il-do could sense Young-soo’s despair — and his dark side — so that’s why these spirits were sent to possess him. Hwa-pyung demands to know where Park Il-do is, and the spirits argue with themselves if they should tell him, until Young-soo suddenly sits up and yells that this is Park Il-do’s eye.

Young-soo tells Hwa-pyung he should run away like he did last time (as in, when he was a child). Hwa-pyung demands to know if Park Il-do is in Priest Choi’s body, but the spirits inside mention Priest Choi’s little brother, moaning that they should have killed him but that woman detective interfered.

Young-soo flails on the bed, writhing against his restraints, then screams that Priest Choi is looking for his younger brother. Hwa-pyung grabs the man’s throat, attempting to choke him, but the spirits inside refuse to be intimidated as they hiss at Hwa-pyung.

Kil-young’s disappointed that they weren’t able to get any information about where the daughter is being kept. If they don’t find her soon, she’ll die. Hwa-pyung calls Yook Kwang, asking if he’s been able to contact the priests. He has — but there’s been a problem.

Hwa-pyung finds Yoon in the funeral room, mourning for Priest Han. Yoon says the death was an accident, but Hwa-pyung insists that Sohn killed him — it was no accident; the exorcism failed. When Hwa-pyung brings up the possessed man, Yoon curtly tells him that he’s quit being an exorcist priest.

Hwa-pyung begs him, telling Yoon that an innocent girl might die. Yoon cooly warns Hwa-pyung that if he keeps being this hasty, Hwa-pyung might die, too. Hwa-pyung can’t argue that, but continues to insist that they have to do something.

Yoon says that since Young-soo is under total control of the spirits, there’s nothing he can do. Yoon starts to walk away and Hwa-pyung yells after him, demanding to know if he’s scared just because the other priest was killed.

Yoon suddenly turns around and, in an uncharacteristic livid outburst, yells at Hwa-pyung to stop pretending he’s the only one trying to save everyone.

Yoon adds that Hwa-pyung doesn’t understand demons — he hasn’t personally suffered because of them. Hwa-pyung scoffs: “Haven’t suffered?” Angry, Hwa-pyung says that Yoon knows nothing about him, and that choosing to run away means Yoon’s just a coward.

Hwa-pyung retreats to the shaman’s house, still irritated. He pleads with Yook Kwang to help him, but Yook Kwang reiterates that the spirit is too strong — it would kill him. He tries to persuade Hwa-pyung to talk to Yoon again, insisting Yoon is a more experienced exorcist than Hwa-pyung thinks. Plus Yoon is looking for someone, just like Hwa-pyung is.

At the police station, Kil-young asks her boss for a search party to look for the daughter, who she believes is still alive. But her boss assumes the girl is dead based on Young-soo’s confession, and doesn’t see the point in wasting manpower. So Kil-young and Detective Go take it on themselves to look for the girl, using what little knowledge they have — but to no avail.

Yoon enters the morgue to look at Priest Han’s body — and the lights start to flicker. When Yoon turns around again, Priest Han’s body is gone from the table. Yoon searches all around, but only finds a crucifix on the floor. He bends down to pick it up, and hears a voice say it shouldn’t be this way.

He sees Priest Han crouched in the corner. Startled and scared, Yoon backs up, only to turn around to see Priest Han’s bloody face screaming that he should have been the one to do it.

It’s all just a dream, though. Or more like a nightmare, as Yoon wakes up in the funeral room, gasping in fear. Another priest and nun are leaving the memorial, and they ask what Yoon will do with Priest Han’s body, since they believe Priest Han killed himself and therefore isn’t allowed to be buried in the parish graveyard.

They also call Priest Han crazy, accusing him for acting so high-and-mighty as an exorcist priest when demons no longer exist — it’s just people suffering from mental illness. But Yoon defends his mentor, calling him a better man and a better priest than the one standing before him right now.

Kil-young returns the hospital and demands Young-soo tell her where his daughter is. He starts to whisper something, so she leans in, and barely avoids getting her face bitten, thanks to Hwa-pyung yanking her out of the way just in time. Young-soo writhes and growls as he tells them that the daughter will die soon.

Yook Kwang is there, too, having been convinced to help out. He starts the exorcism ritural, but even though Young-soo shakes and gasps, his spirits are too strong for Yook Kwang, who suddenly has a vision of himself, dead in a pool of blood.

Yook Kwang suddenly spits up a torrent of blood, just like the shamen did back when she tried to exorcise Hwa-pyung twenty years ago. Yoon walks in just then, calmly reassuring everyone that he’ll take over now. He tells them to leave the room. Hwa-pyung says it’s dangerous for Yoon to be alone with Young-soo alone, but Yoon is determined.

In the waiting room, Yook Kwang is shaken down to his core after dealing with such a powerful spirit, and pleads with Hwa-pyung to leave it alone. But Hwa-pyung hurries out and Kil-young chases after him, yelling out orders to a bewildered Detective Go that no one is to enter Young-soo’s room under any circumstances.

Hwa-pyung and Kil-young return to Young-soo’s apartment, where Hwa-pyung searches for something that would connect Young-soo to Priest Choi. Kil-young warns him to not touch anything since it’s still a crime scene, but Hwa-pyung carelessly rifles through the man’s belongings. Ha!

Kil-young finds a brochure for a place call “Sharing Hand.” Pictured in the brochure is Priest Yang — the priest that had been called to exorcise Hwa-pyung twenty years ago, back when Sohn possessed Priest Choi.

At the hospital, Yoon closes the curtain over the window so no one can see in. He begins his preparation for the exorcism by setting out the holy items and beginning his prayer. Young-soo, in his demon voice, whispers that he killed the girl, but Yoon continues praying, unmoved, as Young-soo wonders if he should kill Yoon, too.

As Yoon pulls out his vial of holy water, the demon yells that he should kill himself, just like Priest Han killed himself. Yoon suddenly straddles Young-soo and makes a sign of the cross on the man’s forehead, which burns his skin and causes the demons inside to writhe in agony. Eventually his body relaxes and the spirits seem to have given way, because Young-soo now sadly calls for his daughter.

Back at the apartment, Hwa-pyung sees the faucet from his vision, when the possessed Young-soo washed his hands right before his daughter came home. Kil-young yells at him for disturbing the crime scene, but Hwa-pyung seems to be in a trance.

At the hospital, the possessed man starts to slowly rise from his bed, pointing as best he can in his handcuffed state to a corner of the room. Yoon looks at the corner, but there’s nothing there. When he turns back around, Young-soo is out of the bed and standing in front of him.

Young-soo grabs Yoon by the neck and lifts him off the ground, choking him. The demon inside asks if he should kill Yoon. It doesn’t sound like a rhetorical question, either, since the spirit seems to be waiting for an answer — but not from Yoon.

At the apartment, Hwa-pyung, still in his trance, lifts up Kil-young by her neck, choking her — just like the possessed Young-soo had choked his daughter.

Yoon presses a crucifex against Young-soo’s head, which causes him to recoil and drop Yoon, falling back onto the bed. Gasping for breath, Yoon quickly handcuffs Young-soo back to the bed rails.

Meanwhile, Hwa-pyung continues to fight Kil-young, using his supernatural strength to overpower her. She manages to get him in a choke hold, and he comes out of his trance. She’s in the middle of handcuffing when he wakes up, wondering what kind of bizarre actions he was doing.

Kil-young demands to know if he’s possessed, too, but Hwa-pyung says that he was only having a vision. The important thing is that he saw where the daughter is being held. He begs Kil-young to believe him.

Hwa-pyung suddenly sees something, and pleads with her to look in the oven range. She does, and a dead crow falls out. Oooh, that’s not a good omen.

At the hospital, Yoon continues the exorcism, but the spirits say it’s pointless because Young-soo is already dead. Suddenly the possessed man looks terrified as the demons inside wonder who’s also in the room with them.

Yoon asks if there’s a stronger spirit controlling the ones in Young-soo. He repeatedly throws holy water on Young-soo, which sizzles and burns on his possessed skin. Yoon demands louder and louder to know the name of the stronger spirit.

Finally Young-soo screams “Park! Il! Do!” and all the lights in the hospital flicker. Yoon hears a scary noise behind him as a tall figure looms out of the darkness. Yoon’s nose starts to violently bleed, and as he tries to stop the endless flow of blood, his hands also become covered in blood.

Hwa-pyung and Kil-young burn the crow, watching in silence as the flames consume the bird’s body.

Suddenly Yoon’s nose stops bleeding — and the blood disappears from his hands. Exhausted, sweaty, and trembling, he crawls back to Young-soo, commanding the spirits to leave the man’s body. With his last effort, Yoon completes the exorcism.

The man’s body sits up and vomits seawater. The lights stop flickering.

Yoon exits the room, wearily telling Detective Go to call Kil-young, since they now know where the daughter is.

Hwa-pyung and Kil-young race to where the girl is being kept. She’s still alive! They remove her blindfold and the ropes tying her up. The girl is terrified, but Kil-young reassures her that everything is going to be okay.

 
COMMENTS

Um, no, show. Everything is not okay, because this show is still super scary! I think it’s the sounds that get me the most, particularly the raspy way the spirits talk (or scream, or just insanely chitter). Demons discussing their own fear of Park Il-do is never a good sign. I’m also now terrified to look too closely at any dark, seemingly-empty corner, since who knows what creepy Dementor-like creature is hiding there, waiting to wreak vengeance by drawing strength from people’s despair and dark secrets.

It still feels like we’re in the “world building” stage, though. That’s not a complaint. After all, there has to be a reason to bring the trio together again, so I’m accepting Young-soo’s poor fate as that catalyst. After what they’ve been through with him, even the stubbornly pragmatic Kil-young won’t be able to deny that there’s some spooky supernatural stuff happening. Even though she seems to stubbornly stick with rational logic, I appreciate that she’s willing to let the psychic and priest do their thing if it means a chance to save the girl. Kil-young may not understand who or what the heck this “Sohn” is that Hwa-pyung is so desperate to find, but she knows that something’s fishy. Is it wrong that I eventually want her to beat up Park Il-do, or Sohn, or Priest Choi, or whatever incarnation he makes himself to be known? I think it would be so satisfying to literally punch evil in the face.

I’m curious about Hwa-pyung’s psychic abilities. He said that he can no longer see spirits like he used to as a boy — but he has visions, and can clearly sense things about people. Since he’s been possessed before, maybe that gives him a closer connection to Park Il-do, and is why he can see from the demon’s eyes (or at least the one eye Park Il-do allows his human vessel to use). I don’t know. The supernatural hows and whys are still a mystery, so I’ll be learning at the same pace as the skeptical Kil-young, apparently.

I did really enjoy the juxtaposition of the shaman’s and the priest’s rituals. This may be a surprise to everyone, but I’ve never actually experienced an exorcism, so I’m just going to trust that these are reasonable facsimiles (as reasonable as I suppose on can get, given the circumstances). I don’t expect the show to have a heavy debate about religion since this is a thriller-horror-mystery, but it’s fascinating to watch how the two men of opposing faiths tackle such a horrifying problem. They all undoubtedly realize, no matter what their background or faith is, that they’re dealing with something very, very dangerous, and very, very powerful. Considering that just trying to exorcise the smaller demons nearly killed Yook Kwang, and utterly drained Yoon, I’m worried that these spiritual fighters might not last through until the end. I want everyone to win and defeat evil — but I have a feeling there’s going to be some painful sacrifices along the way.

 
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Yay!!! I am first!!! Second episode except the screaming. I think they need to tone down the screaming. KJW looks good in black!

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I like the second episode. KJW look really good in black. I think they need to tone down the screaming.

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But I don't think he is longed to make it to the end. He is not gonna see hot middle age.

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What's with brochure of Priest Yang and event called Sharing Hands? Is it where the pour damaged soul have meeting together but end up being possessed together by weaker demon controlled by stronger demon (Park Il-do) who possessed Priest Yang? Please, drama... just solved the mystery faster. And give us more Kim Jae Wook; brooding or not, any option is greatly welcome.

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I wonder why Priest Yang told HP’s father and grandfather that HP wasn’t possessed? And then he appeared in that brochure, so he’s definitely fishy!

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The mystery is already killing me! I too want to know about Sharing Hands, but I imagine the mystery is only going to build up in this week's episodes.

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That was intense. Nope not gonna watch this. Recaps it is.

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yoohoo~ recap~ thank you @odilettante
This episode is intense and creepier but so darn good. I like that KGY got some pretty slick moves but considering she's been mark by her superior for getting rough with criminals, it probably shouldn't be so surprising. The exorcism scene at the hospital is intense and chilling but I laugh at inappropriate time when YK and Detective tried to assure the nurse/dr that it is just some religious ritual. Yep, religious ritual is correct but not as friendly as they said it. HP in trance is actually scary tho since he just didnt realize what he is doing.

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So you opened the recap with a pic of Kim Jae Wook as Yoon.

Jesus.

You did the Lord's work.

You guys see what I ..... I'll show myself out.

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The exorcism scene sent goosebumps! Especially when Yoon started bleeding but it was in his head? He looked so utterly drained I need someone to PPL him with Ginseng extracts. I don't know how the team will last especially with Sharing Hands being a creepy surprise cameo!

I didn't entirely understand why the other priest was so shaken up by the story about the girl and her dad's. Was he the child that was abused? Or did he do nothing about the girl? Or was he doing the abusing? I don't get it especially when he hallucinated seeing his step dad on the other side of the road...

Thanks @odilettante for surviving through the creeps with us! 💖

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I too was a little confused. At first I assumed he was involved in the abuse (hence why the demon said he smelled dirty). But I need to rewatch this episode, perhaps with different subs if they exist.

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Yes ok so I wasn't the only one! Phew. Even I found it weird that the demon said he smelt dirty. The priest must have been involved in that case then. The Sharing Hands priest is also on my radar because he was the one who said the boy wasn't possessed in the first place which started all of this.

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Even I was confused whether the Priest was abused or he was the molester Or Sohn is smart enough to say things to divert them.
In the movie "The Priest" the evil used to say things to divert the Priest.
I'm curious about so many things and mainly about the evil Sohn.

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But the priest looked so shaken up and he even committed suicide (?)/ was made to hallucinate. The priest also said that you loose bits of your soul and I'm scared that might happen to Yoon in the finale. Like what if he gets possessed to go to the dark side?

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I watched the Chinese subbed version to compare... in that version, it says the old priest lusted after his stepsister and the stepfather found out. When the stepfather had cancer, the priest was v happy. That was why the old priest was so shaken that the demon knew about his past transgressions and guilt.

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Woah thanks @dramabeanpod27 that really cleared up things.

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Oh, there were so many details in that dialogue. and we missed it because of the language barrier.

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But at least we have other beanies who help out ^__^ I'd have remained very confused otherwise.

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Thank you for clarifying that.

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He said to Yoon before he was hit by the car that she saw his step-father across the highway. I think the priest was witness to what happened to his sister.

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*he saw

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Thank you to everyone watching this so I don't have to. As much as I love KJW and ToD, I don't love gore. I'll be sticking to the recaps.

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Exactly! I waited so long to watch KJW in something, only to have him choose horror. Why??
Recaps it is.

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This episode was so good, especially the Catholic exorcism. And this is why I want more Kim Jae Wook. His character is by far the most intriguing.

What I love was how Yoon started off the ritual with so much energy (and violence?), and by the end when he's all drained and exhausted, he still saw the ritual to its finish. That part where he laid the stole on Young Soo's forehead was particularly touching for me. But by far my favourite scene was when the water was expelled. The whole sequence was just so mesmerising.

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kim Jae-Wook always at his best, just love him, and this drama is one hell of a horror piece.
I loved the first two episodes so far, especially the second one, the scenes were very creepy. I really liked the scene of the exorcism, the way the priest jumped on top of the man possessed in the bed was so good.
The evil spirit that came from the sea and who leads all the smaller spirits is Park II Do, something so evil and that has been wandering and killing the lives of several people. And he's looking for the priest's younger brother 20 years ago. I'm curious about it.
Taxi driver-policewoman-priest. Taxi driver sees possessed people and new cases/clues from his vision; policewoman will find and arrest them and priest will make exorcism. I think it will be nice working combo. However Sohn, ultimate evil is so strong.
I'm curious what is hidden link, connection between all possession.

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I think I saw the actor who played Young-soo at the end of the last episode of The Ghost Detective. He seems to like creepy TV shows :P

I'm curious about Hwa-pyung. He was possessed or not ? If he was, the demon just moved from his body to the priest ? Without hurting/killing him? Did he resist naturally ?

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I am too scared to watch this drama.... but I am glad for the recaps!
I just hope no one dies in this drama and i really want the ghost/demon to stay dead forever, meaning vanished and gone forever!

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May sound strange. But I am thinking about Inuyasha show. Chilhood anime.

With all that stuff with a stronger spirit controlling weaker spirits. Similar to weaker demons, Naraku and Shikon Jewel. Reminisce things now.

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Oh the nostalgia! 😄 Sesshoumaru was my anime obsession back in the day
This drama reminds me of early Supernatural a little. Psychic abilities, childhood trauma, big boss evil spirit, exorcism...

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Who can resist big brother Great Dog Demon, Sesshoumaru? He is like a k drama male lead , a chaebol with cold exterior and a warm heart.
I think China should make this one a loosely adapted fantasy drama.

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China does not allow ghost movies or drama. The only way around it is to apply for approval under tangential genres like “literature adaptation”

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Hi! This show also reminds me of both Inuyasha and Supernatural early seasons. Episode 1.03 of Supernatural in particular had a water ghost who I think was probably based on East Asian myth (died by drowning, vengeful, and lonely).

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This drama is missing Sesshoumaru's fluffy scarf thing-y.

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I find it interesting how kim Jae wook seems cold and indifferent but he actually has feelings showed by his surprise and scared expressions. I love kim dong wook already didn’t know he’d be pretty hilarious. The mystery is kind of confusing with the whole Park Ill do thing but I guess I gotta wait for more answers

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Thank you for the recaps @odilettante! This show terrifies me but I'm sticking with it, with a pillow permanently stuck to my chest. The exorcism scene is way scary and the flickers of the Big Bad Ghost- I don't even wanna say its name, *shudders* but I'm confused by the Big Bad, why is it looking for Priest Choi? Does it just wanna finish its job to kill his whole family? And Priest Yang, how is he connected? I have so many questions-Is it Thursday yet?

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This is so good because I didn’t know who is currently possessed. Sometimes it looks like divine cheekbones Priest Kim Jae wook was possessed (please,no!), or maybe the way they edited it makes me think that way. This show is probably the scariest drama I’d ever watch, but I’m willing to watch more. It’s that good.

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Yes it's crack at its finest 😀😀
More , more I want more 💝

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Oh, shout out to the actor who played the possessed killer. So, good! And to all future possessed characters actors. They’re the true scary factors of the drama.

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Yes they are 💜💜💜

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All the possessed killers from Eps 1-2 were warmly praised by Korean media outlets: Han Kyuwon & Yoon Jongseok (for Ep 1), and Jun Baesoo (Eps 1-2).

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I'm curious about this park il do evil spirit, what made this spirit so hateful/vengeful? I'm sure his backstory will be tackled in the future about how he ended up thus. So far what we know about him is that he has a broken left (right?) eye because he stabbed it himself, thus the people he possessed tend to have blurred left eye vision. He is somewhat connected to seawater(?), perhaps he died by drowned in the sea? So his victims' manner of deaths tend to be similar to his.

There must be some way Sohn is able to reach out to his victims.. The 'sharing hands' leaflet maybe? (now I have flashbacks of save me)

There're only a handful of horror jump-scare movies that actually spook me, so The Guest doesn't really scare me but I do commend the show for upping the creepy factor, the sound effects, lighting, the angle certain scenes were shot truly had me on edge. I think the pd excells in this genre (remembering how creepy some scenes in Voice were). Will continue watching next week..

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plot twist: park il-do goes to see optometrist,.......???....happy ending.(?)

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But strangely enough, The Guest creepiness doesn't bother me as much as Ghost Detective do, even if Ghost Detective seems a bit lighter in comparison. Maybe because in Ghost Det., it seems like it plays more on the victim's psychology than an actual ghost, as the Lady in Red is not actually dead. Guess ghosts doesn't scare me as much as my own dark thoughts and mind.

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Thanks for the recap, odilettante!

Just by reading from the recaps, I can already imagine the spooky voice and endless screams*whimpers

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Thanks @odilettante
I really needed your recap, since I was FFDing so much, I missed quite a bit.

One question rises to mind, if the demon is looking for the younger brother of Priest Choi, then it should recognise Yoon, who is that younger brother. But so far, it doesn't?

Just thinking about what we know:
- What have we gathered of the demon's modus operandi? We know it came from the sea and enters a weak person. Possessed person starts scratching and pokes his eye (I thought it looked more like the right eye and not the left?). He goes beserk and decides to wreak murder on those around him. For no apparent reason, demon will hop over to another victim to possess him and starts this process again. Sometimes it hops into a survivor of a stabbing/attack (like Young Soo) and will sooner or later start to decimate the victim's family. Hwa Pyung has been tracking murder in families where many die which means the demon has it in for families generally.

- It is powerful enough to have minion demons subject to its will.
- It needs to drink lots of water which becomes salt water spewed out over its victims.
- It's kinda OCD in that it needs to repeat the same actions in it's attacks: the scratching, the bleeding, the eye poking, the water spewing and the raspy conversation.

Is there anything else we know about Park Il Do?

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"Is there anything else we know about Park Il Do?"

I'm guessing that Park Il Do(a person) was actually Sohn's(big bad demon) 1st human victim that he possessed.. Just a theory tho.

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That sounds like a plausible hypothesis. Perhaps Park Il-do had been a mariner. (How else would he have encountered Sohn?) It sounded as if he were an outsider, not a native of the village.

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Usually when a drama looks like it will be too disturbing for me to watch I can at least follow along by reading the recaps. But geesh, and Eek! Props to those of you who can watch this, but the recap photos are giving me the giblies.

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Haha yeah, I'm reading the recaps while trying not to look at the pictures. xD

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Odilettante, thank you for recapping this. Good story, but I think the lighting doesn’t need to be so dark. The story and acting are good enough on their own.

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Does anyone know where in the US we can see this?

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I have had to resort to some not so legal channels. For instance Dramacool, Dramanice, or kissasian.

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Ahh, they don't like my first response, probably because I named some sites. You will have to find it on the not so legal channels. I haven't heard if anyone has is licensing it in the US, which is a bummer.

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Maybe Netflix will pick it up (keeping my fingers crossed)

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This is awesome! Real, raw horror. Been watching at night. I’m gonna try it lights out this week.😂

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super good! I loved all the spooks, and I'm really glad there's an actual horror drama out this season, rather than dramas that have ghosts and call themselves horror (i.e. Lovely Horribly, Oh My Ghost, etc.) All of the leads are great so far, and I was thoroughly impressed by the lesser characters as well. Can't wait to see our team come together for the rest of the drama!

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I am absolutely hooked to the show!! It has been a long time since I saw something creepy like this and that too with an amazing cast. The sound track they are using brings out the real depth too! I loved the sound track that was playing at the end of ep 2 when the possessed man spilled out water; it has been stuck on my mind ever since. Does anyone know what song that is? I tried searching for it .....is it an ost that is going to be released?

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Thank you for your recap and commentary, odilettante. The exorcism scenes were done very well. They were gripping, yet did not scare me out of my wits, which I greatly appreciate. All I can say is, I survived VOICE and Mo Tae-goo's reign of terror. ;-)

I was late to the party for the ep. 1 recap, and have posted comments and information on exorcism and related subjects there and on my fan wall. Plus a little mood music for those doing battle with malign spirits. ;-)

I'm wondering why Hwa-pyung himself has not become a shaman. Is it because he was possessed as a child? I realize that he has been searching for Priest Choi, hyung of Priest Choi Yoon. As a result, he has traveled far and wide

Jung Eun-chae did a very nice job as badass Detective Kang. I like her relentlessness. Lee Won-jong has been popping up in all sorts of shows. This is the third one I'm seeing him in this year (after RADIO ROMANCE and MISS HAMMURABI). He's one of my favorite ahjussis.

Regarding Park Il-do and his subordinate spirits, I am skeptical of everything they say. I expect them to lie, mislead, and cheat. A case in point is Young-soo’s repeated attempts to interrupt Father Choi Yoon's prayers at the start of the exorcism.

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I love horror and I love KJW
Definitely gonna watch this

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This is fun, I actually started a little bit at the demon in the dark.

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Would anyone be able to explain the significance of the dead crow? I know that different countries have different beliefs/superstitions around them so I'm curious.

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it's a bad omen right? and it signals/brings death

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as in that house was doomed from the start...but i think in p much all media it symbolises the same thing i.e. death and destruction but i am neither catholic nor whatever the religion the shamans are lol but it's a pretty effective and simple storytelling tool (like how in movies people hit deers or foxes in the beginning and that means you know people are going to die by the end)

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Hi amara, thank you for replaying to my post. I had the same feeling but I was curious if there is any special significance in Korean folklore.

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Ooh i hope someone maybe knows! Itll be so interesting to see all the cultural elements since shamans dnt exist in both of my cultures. It rly reminds me of the wailing which i loved

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Just googled crows in Korean superstition and everyone is bang on that they're omens of death. If you have eye contact with one in the morning and it claws at you, you'll be unlucky all day. Pity any poor corn farmers, I imagine they have hundreds of these encounters!

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Aren't the shamans buddhist? I really don't know though

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Ohhh they could be! Idk how i would go abt looking this one up lmao hm

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this is so fascinating. that creepy thing in the corner oh my god. i want to know more about what's going on of course but what park il-do's aim is and just why is there. i guess it's a water demon? which is interesting...i wonder how they're going to do the subsequent episodes if it will be a serial with an overarching theme (like LoM...) or what. the acting is super enjoyable too. i love how scary and gory it is. i really need to know more like i feel like im in the dark heavily but in a good way i guess where things aren't too confusing yet

(someone clarified about the priest thing which was good. the dialogue is really well written about being "dirty" i def thought the priest would be a molester but as it turns out he just liked his stepsister. interesting @ subs lol)

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Too scared to watch it alone, need my husband to accompany me. Right now just reading your recap help me prepare my heart. At least when i watch it i know when to cover my eyes

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Just watched 2 episodes with my sister and this is soooo good! So many questions, not a lot of answers! I just don't want any of them to die, please!

This drama reminds me so much of D.Gray-Man and I'm just bummed coz we might never know how that manga ends.

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I'm not scared.

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