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Mystic Pop-up Bar: Episode 10

As our favorite otherworldly bar owner gets closer to her goal, those around her start to worry about what will happen to her when this is all over. A terrible pact has been made, but her companions aren’t willing to sit back and let her be punished for doing a good deed. Unfortunately, they have no idea that darkness is looming over them, just waiting for the chance to get the revenge it’s waited for for centuries.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

When Wol-joo was alive, the queen had accused her of letting her gratitude for saving the royal family go to her head, and had said that if she ever saw Wol-joo again, Wol-joo wouldn’t survive the encounter.

She had been all sweetness and light when she spoke to Crown Prince Yi Heon later, to tell him that she’d chosen a bride for him. She was the daughter of Lord Kim Jin, a childhood friend of his, and she had obviously expected Yi Heon to be happy about her choice.

He’d told her that he loved someone else, but the queen had ordered him to erase that girl from his heart and marry for the strength of the royal line. She’d dropped the smile and added, “If you will not, I will do it for you.”

The woman who called out to the crown prince on the street sits down with the prince himself… Manager Gwi. I knew it! She explains that she was in a coma after an accident, and that when she woke up, she remembered every detail of her past life as his mother, the queen. She asks Manager Gwi to forgive her for not realizing the extent of his feelings for Wol-joo.

Manager Gwi tells her not to apologize for things that happened hundreds of years ago, and he blames himself for breaking his parents’ hearts. The queen, whose name in this life is Ji-hye, asks why Manager Gwi chose not to be reborn, so he says that he’s trying to keep a promise he wasn’t able to keep in life.

At Mystic Pop-up Bar, Wol-joo teases Kang-bae for the way he would bring anyone to her at first, and even stole her ssanggapju. He suggests they keep helping souls, knowing that she’s signed a contract to go to the Hell of Extinction when she meets her quota. Wol-joo tells him gently that she didn’t agree to her punishment to avoid Hell, but because finishing her task will end the suffering of someone precious to her.

Manager Gwi thinks about what happened after he died — he had gone before Queen Yeomra and asked to be with Wol-joo, but she had bellowed that he had no right to make requests after beheading his childhood friend and taking his own life. She’d threatened to send him to the Hell of Repetition, but she’d admitted that if Won-hyung had lived, many more people would have died.

Because he’d eliminated a threat, and because he was a skilled warrior willing to fight injustice, Queen Yeomra had agreed to assign Yi Heon to the Afterlife Police Agency. If he served the agency well, she’d promised to send him to Wol-joo in time.

Meanwhile, Wol-joo’s main focus is to make sure Kang-bae and the reincarnation of the Cinnabar fall in love. Manager Gwi hears her giving Kang-bae dating advice and calls her a wildcat, and she insists that she’s just an innocent girl who’s in this mess because she believed a man who said he’d protect her.

Manager Gwi has a coughing fit and jumps up to get to work, and a necklace falls from around his neck. Kang-bae picks it up and Wol-joo notices that it’s a jade ring, and she teases Manager Gwi for being old-fashioned. Ji-hye watches them through the doorway and seems glad that her son is finally with Wol-joo like he’d always wanted.

Yeo-rin is happy to see Kang-bae back at work, and Wol-joo catches her smiling at him and calls her out for liking him. She says that Kang-bae likes Yeo-rin too, and that they can start dating today, as if it’s all sewn up. Yeo-rin sets her jaw stubbornly and grumbles that Wol-joo is weird.

Sure enough, Wol-joo already knows — from her contract with Samshin — that Yeo-rin is the reincarnation of the Cinnabar. It explains why Kang-bae’s ability doesn’t work on her, and even Chief Yeom couldn’t over power her… because she’s basically a walking talisman. Samshin had told Wol-joo that Yeo-rin and Kang-bae have to share a real, passionate kiss of love, not just a peck on the lips, for their abilities to cancel each other out.

Manager Gwi overhears Wol-joo muttering that it’s no wonder Yeo-rin is so stiff, being the reincarnation of a rock, and he figures out that Yeo-rin is the Cinnabar. Wol-joo says she’s sure that Yeo-rin already likes Kang-bae, so all they have to do is get them together.

They set out to make Yeo-rin fall for Kang-bae. Step one is for Kang-bae to show off his biceps, but he utterly fails to open a bottle for Wol-joo, while Yeo-rin pops it open easily. Their next idea is to have him reverse a car while Yeo-rin is watching, but the car is in the shop.

Revealing Kang-bae’s abs only results in the discovery that he wears teddybear undershirts, and pinning them together in the corner of the elevator is equally embarrassing. Manager Gwi tries to teach Kang-bae to be funny, which might have worked if Manager Gwi knew any actually funny jokes.

Ji-hye visits Mystic Pop-up Bar while Manager Gwi is away, but Wol-joo is rude to Ji-hye and says she reminds her of the woman who betrayed her and killed her mother. Ji-hye stands to leave as Manager Gwi comes in with Chief Yeom/Won-hyung, and Won-hyung seems to recognize her.

Manager Gwi pulls Ji-hye outside to tell her that Wol-joo doesn’t know he’s the crown prince. Ji-hye offers to help get them back together, but Manager Gwi says that Wol-joo is almost finished atoning for her sins, so he doesn’t want to distract her by opening up old wounds. He says that right now, his job isn’t to love her, but to help her.

At work, Yeo-rin runs into the old boyfriend who told her that being around her creeped him out. Kang-bae overhears him asking if her presence still scares people, and telling his girlfriend that this is the “creepy girl” who gave him a fear of being touched.

Kang-bae walks over and takes Yeo-rin by the hand, and he tells the guy that he’s her boyfriend. He holds up their entwined hands and orders the ex to apologize for speaking to Yeo-rin that way. Kang-bae says it creeps him out that there are people who make fun of others’ vulnerabilities, and you can practically see Yeo-rin swoon on the spot.

Won-hyung goes by Mystic Pop-up Bar while Wol-joo is out scouting a new location for the pojangmacha to avoid seeing Ji-hye again. He says with double meaning, “The grudge one harbors as they die stays vivid as if it happened yesterday.”

A customer comes in and starts pounding a bottle of soju, but Kang-bae ignores Manager Gwi’s hints to go touch him, reluctant to help Wol-joo finish her quota. Manager Gwi assumes he’s scared to risk his ability getting stronger, and he reassures Kang-bae that Wol-joo will fix him up.

Won-hyung digs in deeper and says that it’s hard to restore broken trust. Kang-bae blurts out that he’s trying not to send Wol-joo to Hell, and Manager Gwi asks what he means. Kang-bae reveals that she signed a contract to go to the Hell of Extinction when she meets her quota in exchange for helping Kang-bae cancel out his ability.

Manager Gwi storms out, and Won-hyung smirks at the counter sign, noting that there are only two more grudges to go before he gets his revenge.

In flashback, we see that when Chief Yeom had confronted him and Won-hyung begged him to love him as a father loves his son, he’d only been trying to get close to Chief Yeom. When he took Chief Yeom’s hand, Won-hyung had done something to him and had taken over his body.

As he leaves Mystic Pop-up Bar, Won-hyung wonders out loud if Wol-joo will be able to leave behind the person she’s been longing for. He says he can’t wait to watch the heart-rending sight, then laughs uproariously.

Meanwhile, Manager Gwi confronts Wol-joo about the contract she signed. Wol-joo counters that she’s responsible for what happened to Kang-bae and the Sacred Tree, but Manager Gwi yells that he doesn’t care about the damn tree. Wol-joo says that someone might be suffering because of what she did, but Manager Gwi just orders her not to settle any grudges until he finds a way to nullify the contract.

Wol-joo asks who he thinks he is, and for a moment he almost tells her, but in the end he just says he’s the manager of the bar. She jokes that he must like her, but Manager Gwi asks if she has any idea why he was a detective for five hundred years, and what he went through to be here, and says he’s not giving up.

Won-hyung visits Ji-hye as Chief Yeom, and she relates to him as her old friend, Lord Kim Jin (Won-hyung’s father… in other words Chief Yeom, and the father of the girl Yi Heon was to marry). He tells her about Wol-joo’s punishment, but he lies that when she finishes, both Wol-joo and Manager Gwi will be reincarnated and will never see each other again. He suggests that they help them clear up their misunderstanding by letting Wol-joo see Yi Heon’s innocence in Ji-hye’s memories.

Manager Gwi ransacks Samshin’s room in search of the contract, but Samshin says that Queen Yeomra has already approved it. She tries to get his attention by bellowing his real name, but he wails that he can’t let Wol-joo go without telling her the truth. Grief written all over his face, Manager Gwi asks how Samshin could do this to Wol-joo.

Samshin says she didn’t want Wol-joo to sign the contract either, but she had to let her because she knows Wol-joo better than anyone. She tells him that it’s time to stop, that he’s done enough, but he says that he may as well have done nothing if he can’t save Wol-joo.

Kang-bae finds Yeo-rin skipping lunch and invites her to a cake shop nearby. She tells him that everyone used to call her “Yeo-rin the Date Bully” because guys got scared of her whenever she asked them out. She says she gave up on dating altogether, and that’s why she turned him down.

Kang-bae confesses that his nickname was “Cursed Boy” so he’s always avoided people, but that he decided not to do that anymore. He tells Yeo-rin that she’s the first person he’s wanted to get close to.

She reminds him that he said he felt nothing when he touched her, and he clarifies that he meant nothing bad happened when they touched. Yeo-rin looks relieved, and she returns his honesty with her own. She tells Kang-bae that she likes him and asks if it’s okay, and he just grins. Awww, these two.

Kang-bae can’t wait to tell Wol-joo, who gives him the night off to take Yeo-rin on a real date. Ji-hye comes to Mystic Pop-up Bar again, but this time she doesn’t let Wol-joo scare her away. She helps herself to a soju and invites Wol-joo to join her, and Wol-joo declines, but she can’t help but be curious when Ji-hye asks her to listen to her sad story.

Ji-hye tells Wol-joo that she was in love with a man, but that his parents disapproved of her, from her career to her looks and even her parents’ jobs. Wol-joo finds herself drawn into the familiar-sounding story as Ji-hye continues that the man she loved promised to protect her, but then announced that he was marrying someone else, and that was the last she heard from him.

Ji-hye says that she wants to know why the man left her, so Wol-joo gives her a drink of ssanggapju. In Ji-hye’s dream, she’s shocked to see the queen threatening her mother, and she realizes that Ji-hye really is the reincarnation of her old nemesis.

As the dream continues, Wol-joo watches as Yi Heon is dressed for his wedding. He tells the queen that he’s doing this for the country and the royal family, and Wol-joo mutters, “So you lived well even after I died. Why did you do that to me?” She’s about to storm over and ask Yi Heon himself when Manager Gwi bursts into the dream and drags her away.

Back in reality, Wol-joo throws water on Ji-hye to wake her up. She asks Ji-hye what she wants from her, and Ji-hye says that there’s something else in her memory that Wol-joo needs to know. Manager Gwi separates them, and when Wol-joo asks Ji-hye for the truth, he roars at Ji-hye to leave.

They speak privately again, and Ji-hye explains that Chief Yeom/Lord Kim Jin (who is actually Won-hyung — this is getting confusing!) told her about Wol-joo’s dreamwalking ability, so she wanted her to know the truth about him for both their sakes. She says that if they reconcile, then her own grudge will be settled and Wol-joo will be closer to meeting her quota.

Manager Gwi screams that if Wol-joo finishes her task, she’ll be sent to Hell. He tells Ji-hye that she’s neither his mother nor the queen any longer, and he begs her to go back to her life and leave them alone.

He forces his way into Queen Yeomra’s office and brings up the fact that one year ago, she’d offered him a reward for having the highest arrest rate for five hundred years. He’d chosen to be sent to Mystic Pop-up Bar and Queen Yeomra had agreed because Wol-joo was taking too long to complete her task and she was worried about her.

Manager Gwi asks if Wol-joo’s sin is so terrible to deserve being sent to Hell after five hundred years of punishment. Queen Yeomra says that someone has to take responsibility for the secret that was revealed to Wol-joo, so Manager Gwi says that he’ll take the responsibility.

Queen Yeomra is incredulous that he would make such an offer, but Manager Gwi says firmly, “I may have paid for killing my childhood friend and taking my life, but not for making Wol-joo die alone.” He kneels in front of Queen Yeomra, looking every inch the royalty that he is, and asks her, “Please let me do this. Let me go to Hell for her.” (Oh, swoon!)

Won-hyung asks Wol-joo if Ji-hye ever came back to Mystic Pop-up Bar, so she tells him about going into Ji-hye’s dream and seeing that she was the queen. He wants to know what else she saw, but she says that Manager Gwi interfered.

Manager Gwi returns, crowing that Wol-joo’s contract has been nullified, and Won-hyung has to pretend that his upset reaction is just excitement. Wol-joo asks how he managed it, so Manager Gwi fibs that as a detective, he learned a lot of secrets that he leveraged to get his way.

Wol-joo tells Manager Gwi that she’s going to talk to Ji-hye, since something doesn’t feel right. But Manager Gwi lies that Ji-hye left the country for a while, and he asks Wol-joo to focus on her quota so that she doesn’t end up in Hell after everything they’ve been through.

Ji-hye is also feeling unsettled, since (who she thinks is) Chief Yeom and Manager Gwi told her two different stories about what will happen when Wol-joo completes her punishment. Her instinct is to believe Manager Gwi, since he was her son and she knows he has no reason to lie. She gets up to go see him, but she’s stopped by Won-hyung.

She tells him that she’s going to see Wol-joo and clear up a misunderstanding, but he says that his plans have changed. He says ominously that she won’t be fixing the misunderstanding, “Because I’m going to get rid of you.”

He laughs, his face transforming back into his own form, and Ji-hye says that after all this time, he’s still only good at lying and deceiving. Won-hyung says with dark glee that her last words are a compliment, then he advances on her as his eyes go black.

Wol-joo goes shopping, and watches as Kang-bae awkwardly flirts with Yeo-rin. He uses cheesy lines on her, like Was this just work for you? Because it was love for me, and I want to take you everywhere and give you all the nice things in the world, but I can’t bring you home. Having heard those same lines from Yi Heon, Wol-joo is shocked when Kang-bae says that he learned them from Manager Gwi.

She heads back to Mystic Pop-up Bar, and as she walks, so many things that Manager Gwi has to her said flood back, each seeming to reinforce the idea that he’s her prince. Wol-joo breaks into a run, and she bursts into Mystic Pop-up Bar to find him trying to call her. Breathless, she asks him, “You… who are you? Who are you?!

 
COMMENTS

I was definitely worried when the queen showed up with her memories fully intact, but I do believe that she was telling the truth when she said she felt guilty and wanted to help Manager Gwi and Wol-joo be together. But now she’s gone, and I’m scared that Won-hyung did to her whatever he did to Chief Yeom, and that now he’ll impersonate her, as well. Since Ji-hye has regained Wol-joo’s and Manager Gwi’s trust, and the bond between her and Manager Gwi is stronger than his bond with Chief Yeom, I’m scared of what damage he can do as Ji-hye before Manager Gwi and Wol-joo even realize what’s going on.

I feel like there’s still a lot we don’t know about Won-hyung, such as why he ultimately turned on Yi Heon and Wol-joo. It was his sister who was supposed to marry Yi Heon, so I’m guessing he was just power-hungry? At first I thought that he let himself be used by the queen to get rid of Wol-joo, but by her horrified reaction to seeing him, he must have acted on his own. Now I’m thinking that he was always a bad guy, since Queen Yeomra was lenient with Yi Heon for killing him because it saved many lives down the line. I just want to know for sure what happened that finally made Won-hyung drop the pretense of friendship with Yi Heon and Wol-joo and go bad.

I suspect we still haven’t seen Wol-joo and Yi Heon’s whole story, either, because even Ji-hye was upset when her dream was cut short, saying that there was something more Wol-joo needed to see. What I think probably happened is that Won-hyung (for whatever reason) killed Wol-joo’s mother, Wol-joo died, then Yi Heon found out and beheaded Won-hyung, then killed himself. But Wol-joo doesn’t know the second part of all that, and she’s spent hundreds of years believing that Yi Heon married some other girl and lived a fine life. I guess that’s what Ji-hye wanted Wol-joo to know — that Yi Heon didn’t betray her and live a happy life after she died, but that he died for her and has spent as many years as she has being punished.

I have to give it up to Choi Won-young, who absolutely slayed his role as manager Gwi/Crown Prince Yi Heon in this episode. Until now, I’ve hoped that he would turn out to be Yi Heon because he’s just so lovable, but this was the first time I really saw him as the prince. When he was asking Samshin why she let Wol-joo sign the contract, you could feel all five hundred years of his anguish and longing in his voice and expression. Then later when he kneeled in front of Queen Yeomra and offered himself in Wol-joo’s place, he was absolutely a prince willingly giving up everything for the woman he loves.

But now, instead of Wol-joo, we have to save Manager Gwi from the Hell of Extinction. He’s the only one who’s been truly and consistently selfless in all this — he never betrayed Wol-joo as she thinks, in fact, he worked for five hundred years to be reunited with her even though he can’t tell her who he is. Now he’s willingly given up his own eternity to save her from oblivion (no wonder Kang-bae — almost certainly his son — is such a decent guy). Thankfully, Wol-joo is about to find out who he is and everything he’s done for her, and if there’s one person in the universe who can make even the gods change their rules to get what she wants, it’s Wol-joo. They’ve suffered enough, and our trio deserve to finally be a real family.

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Choi Won Young absolutely kills it this episode OMG (he's so good in this role, what a fresh change from his usual villainous characters)
Up till now, Gwi's always been the super dorky, aloof but dependable pillar of our trio. Here, we finally see his emotional side, all his sorrow, regret and 500-year unconditional love he has for Wol Joo.
I've commented here back in episode 5, pretty convinced who CP was, based off his micro-expressions and subtle reactions to Wol Joo.
I'm SO glad that wasn't me reading too much into it. The way they handled the reveal and the montage at the end, with Wol Joo coming to realize who he was, as she was reminiscing all those seemingly off-handed comments, was just so so good. God I love this show <3

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I love this drama and all the characters (except Won-hyung), and yes, I agree Gwibanjang is total swoon in this eps!! cant help but pointing out how their younger version is much more 'mature' than their adult version.. bantering all the time like highschoolers 😂

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I guess after spending so many years together they've become like an old married couple, always bickering and bantering.. their younger selves was more where they had their swoony romance.. Though now that Wol-joo knows Manager Gwi's identity I'm excited to see how their relationship will develop and mature

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They've only been together in the ssanggapju for one year.

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I'm not 100% sure of their timeline but I think they've only had about 6 months to a year together in the Living Realm. After 500 years of hunting escaped evil spirits, Manager Gwi asked to be Wol-joo's Onion Boy.

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Waaah, Gwibanjang is the crown prince!! =D Of course we've been talking about it throughout the series, but it still felt so good when it was actually revealed. I think I shrieked at that part hihi. I'm really happy that they got to spend time together, maybe not as lovers, but as friends who got each other's back. I agree with Manager Gwi that Wol-joo doesn't need a lover but someone to assist her, and I'm glad he get to be that person. Although one year is still too short for me. And I totally agree that Choi Won-young slayed his role as crown prince. Even with a different face, everything the crown prince has been through can really be felt.

I'm curious of what the queen wanted to clarify. If she kept saying that it wasn't their fault, then maybe she didn't order the murder of Wol-joo and her mom. Maybe the townspeople, the nobilities, Won-hyung, or Chief Yeom himself, who I was surprised was supposed to be the crown prince's father-in-law. Maybe being a grim reaper was also his punishment.

And argh, Won-hyung is a monster! I was still giving him some chance during the previous episodes even if I was very suspicious of him. I thought that maybe he was treated unfairly that' s why he had a grudge. But now I just hate him. He's evil. Even Yeomra confirmed that.

On a lighter note, I'm glad Kang-bae and Yeo-rin are finally together. I laughed so hard at Wol-joo and Manager Gwi's Operation True Love hahahaha

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This episode just killed it for me. Choi Won-young was just fantastic as Manager Gwi here. I teared at his absolute devastation when he was at Samshin's place, and then again before Queen Yeomra :( You could really feel his pain and anguish at realizing what Wol-joo had done.

The ending scene build-up, together with Wol-joo's recollection of the past little moments which were just reflective of Lee Heon, was perfect too. That anguished look on Wol-joo's face :(

Kudos to both actors for portraying their roles so well here! I love this drama to bits!

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Absolutely agree.

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I was crying so much during the moments you're describing, out of pure despair. It was such a long time since a drama triggered my emotions this way. I'm totally in love with it.

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I would never had pegged Choi won young in a romantic role. Remember kill me heal me, or I remember you or the crazy chaebol in Dr prisoner? But he’s kicked this role out of the park. The prices anguish, resolve and love Are so beautifuly captured and emoted by him. I’m super impressed. Please give him other lead roles!
Also Kang bae is their baby! I’m so pleased the family got to spend some time together

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Yes for more lead roles!! I'm definitely looking forward to his future projects :)

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YES to this, it's why I never suspected him of being the Prince in the earlier episodes but once the show started hinting at it i started to think so.. but CWY needs to do more romantic roles, his chemistry with HJE is so good, the little glances and subtle expressions he does when Wol-joo isn't looking, he's killing it in this role

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Don't forget the cheating self-absorbed husband in Twenty Again.

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I saw him in that- he was very convincing

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He's a great actor. I loved him on every drama I've seen him, but this role just changes the way I see him. Please, make him into a romcom!

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I'm a long time fan of Choi won-young since KBS drama Heaven & Earth in 2007.
He was absolutely fantastic and shined in the 2016 KBS comdey/family drama, The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop.
He didn't play an evil jerk there. He played an one-hit wonder/making a comeback as a trot singer. He nailed it!
He sang two songs as a singer in that drama. OMG, he can sing soooo well.

Anyway, I've already watched the last episode... I'm soooo sad that it's over now. I really really love this drama!

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Oh, wow. I should check out that drama.

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I am sold on him getting lead roles in the future. Please read the above comments, casting directors!

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This is simply a fabulous story. My wife and I just finished the final episode and it was great to the end.

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You have just eased my mind.

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You are so right! This was such a beautiful ride!

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I haven't seen the last two episodes yet, but I'm glad to know that it's great 'til the end =D

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Choi Won Young is a revelation. I want him to play a cool romantic hero in his next drama. I need more of him. He looks dreamier and dreamier as the episodes role in.

Fangirling aside, this drama brings me so much joy. Everything about it feels just right. These are the kind of dramas that I can watch all day every day. They are fun, tight, resolve conflicts quickly, reveal things in an interesting way and focus on entertaining the viewers.

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The only other role I saw him in was Twenty Again where he played the self-centered cheating husband; he was still able to make the character sympathetic and you were kind of rooting for his redemption. He played his character's awakening and growth so well.
But I much prefer him as the noble--in the truest sense--man. And yes! I hope casting agents take notice. Let's see him as the main lead in a romance next!

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I just want our little family to survive and be together. I am going into these last two episodes with comfort food (just in case).

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And something to wipe those tears away.

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Haha. Yes.

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The vindaction of Gwi being confirmed as the crown prince was so good oh man. Gwi/ Choi Won Young really shined this episode! I feel a bit bad for the queen's reincarnation though, she really did have good intentions I think

Kang-bae's teddybear undershirt killed me but honestly that's so cute

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Samshin saying she knows Wol-joo better than anyone got me. She is the third party (like us viewers) who knew both sides of the story but couldn't make it known to either and it hurt to see both Wol-joo and Gwibanjang like that because their actions were all justified. And when she finally yelled "Heon, Yi Heon!" oof

As for Gwibanjang's outburst, I thought I've seen that visceral emotion somewhere before and realized while writing this that it affected me the same way Hwang Shi-mok's outburst at the funeral did. Bruh.

I'm loving all the love for Choi Won-young in this thread! I picked up this show because of him and the payoff is immense. He had funny scenes, emotional scenes, swoony scenes, and action scenes. What else can we ask for?

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That scene with Samshin, I had to replay a few times, because I was crying so much I just couldn't get the subs. And when she called him by her name... my poor heart...

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I love the Choi Won-young love too! He's been a great actor even from his previous projects no matter what his role was and seeing the love here makes me happy!

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I hope he gets more lead roles after this, preferably other well-written romcoms. But I won't mind thrillers too.

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Yes to this! I'd go with well-written romcoms too. For thrillers, IRY Season 2??

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Gah I simultaneously cant wait to see the end and don’t want this to be over. Kang bae and Yeorin are too cute, and it makes a lovely contrast to the epic love of centuries of Manager Gwi and Woljoo.

I’m currently stuck halfway through the final episode (trying to watch around small children napping did not work) and I’m hanging out for them to go to bed so I can finish it! Haha

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Trying to do anything around small children does not work! with my 2 year old around, its a miracle i can hold a thought for longer than 5 seconds

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I was wrangling my 10 month old and my 3 year old so expecting them both to be cooperative and rest at the same time was...overoptimistic 😅

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The first thing that I spotted in the scene where Manager Gwi kneel before Queen Yeomra in her office is his Converse shoe :P
Makes him even more cooler hahahaha. I've watched the finale already...can't wait for the recaps of the final 2 episodes :)

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I really love him always wearing his converse shoes, even with a suit. That's something he has in common with WolJoo, who always wears sneakers with her beautiful hanboks.

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As sad and terrible as it was to learn that Chief Yeom had been killed by his own son, I was relieved he didn't betray our little family. I just hope the show can find a way to bring him back to us.

I agree with you that Choi Won Young was superb in this episode, showing all those nuances. He's the Prince and acts like that, and his nobleness is so evident. As it his his grieve, concern and love for Wol Joo. So, drama, if you just don't get me a happy ending, it will be me sending you to the Hell of Extinction!

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Every time Won-young in Chief Yeom's body is on the screen I can't help but be nervous on what's his next plan. And the appearance of the reincarnation of the Queen did not help. But thankgoodness that she's on our side and that she regretted her decisions before.

Gwibanjangnim TT__TT his outburst in front of Samshin and Yeomradaerang was heartbreaking to watch.

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Don't die Prince, I need my family to stay in tact.

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I really like how the show reveals things. You're still surprised even though you already knew.
I love Kang-bae and Yeo-rin..they are turning out to be one of the best couples in a long time for me.

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Oh you state it perfectly. The closest I can think of is Dream High--everything is pretty predictable but the fact that it is never takes away from the enjoyment and investment in the characters. That is excellent writing and acting.

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Thank you for the recap!

I have to agree with Manager Gwi’s outburst that the queen has not changed at all. She may mean well, but in the end it felt more about easing her guilt than truly helping out. Her son is a better person for sure.🤔

As much as I swoon over our prince, I also found it hilarious how often Samshin/Yeomra/… mentioned how done they were with him and WolJoo’s antics. A drinking game should be created!😂

As a temporary parttime Yook Sung-Jae fan account, I am obliged to point out all the superficial stuff, like that shot of him driving the car in reverse with the parking stub between his lips, or the teddy bear undershirt. RAWR.😘

KangBae looked so sad to see Yeo-Rin talk to someone else when he was about to approach her, and he was about to back off literally…until he realized that person was a nasty ex in the process of badmouthing his soon to be Mrs. Cinnamon roll… Cinnamon rolls do not like it when you are mean…😉

Speaking of Mrs. Cinnamon roll…how awesome that they chose to make her a cinnabar in her previous life! It all makes sense story wise, but I have never seen a story actually using this before!😀

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... and of course Mrs Cinnamon Roll can open the bottle on her own, thank you very much!
To all of the above - RAWR indeed. And his smile when she asked if she can like him... aigo, my heart. He is just the sweetest, happiest cinnamon roll of them all.

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I felt that it was dumb of WolJoo and Manager Gwi to try and make her swoon that way, she is a trained bodyguard after all!😆 Alpha female and beta male done right!❤️

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Oh believe me, I noticed. ;)

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Drama set that pop up bar vow so cute and they prepared food vow awesome if we see😀😀😀 happy .....and the tent was awesome and the thing they r using so cute ... love this drama 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

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