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Mystic Pop-up Bar: Episode 6

After the previous episode, I needed something to make me laugh, and this episode delivers plenty of hilarious situations to lighten the mood. The Mystic Pop-up Bar trio’s newest client still has a serious problem, and again, it reminds our cranky bartender of her own tragic past. Whatever you thought you knew about her, be prepared for new information to turn everything on its ear.

  
EPISODE 6 RECAP

Kang-bae has a dream that he and Yeo-rin win the Kapeul Mart’s dance competition, and the prize is a jade ring. Yeo-rin holds out a hand expectantly, but when Kang-bae kneels and puts the ring on her finger (with a cute little happy fist-pump), Yeo-rin suddenly transforms into Manager Ma. Manager Ma simpers at Kang-bae and puckers up as the audience chants for a kiss, which finally wakes up Kang-bae.

He tells Wol-joo and Manager Gwi about his dream, wondering what it means, especially since the jade ring seemed familiar to him. Manager Gwi tells Kang-bae supportively that he’s totally cool if this is about Kang-bae’s sexual orientation (ha), but Wol-joo thinks it was a conception dream.

Kang-bae also tells Manager Ma and Jin-dong about the dream when he gets to work. Manager Ma’s wife calls to tell him that she’s expecting a baby, which convinces the guys that Kang-bae really did have a conception dream. Manager Ma is so excited that he promises to give Kang-bae anything he wants while practicing for the dance contest.

Wol-joo had told Kang-bae and Manager Gwi that her mother dreamed of a jade ring before she was born. She asks Manager Gwi what his mother dreamed about, but before he can tell her anything about it (other than that it was quite grand), she’s distracted by a little boy playing a claw machine.

She makes the kid move so she can try, and ends up taking over the whole machine. Manager Gwi pretends he doesn’t care, but he gets as invested as Wol-joo in winning a stuffed toy. The poor kid eventually wanders off, while Wol-joo and Manager Gwi end up spending all their grocery money, LOL.

Meanwhile, Kang-bae and Yeo-rin have their first dance lesson with a professional teacher, and Kang-bae is pretty horrible (ha, I love watching idols pretend they can’t dance). He has zero sense of rhythm, and when he and Yeo-rin try their routine together, he gets flustered during a dip and drops Yeo-rin on her butt.

The teacher, SOO-KYUNG (cameo by Lee Seo-an), keeps Kang-bae after class for more practice. She loses her temper with him, snapping that usually people get better with practice, though that’s not always the case with other things in this world. It’s a strange veer off-topic, and Soo-kyung looks guilty.

Wol-joo and Manager Gwi decide to borrow more grocery money from Kang-bae, whose dance lesson is right nearby. They watch through the window as Kang-bae hesitates to hold Soo-kyung’s hands to practice, but when they let themselves in, they startle Soo-kyung so that she steps on Kang-bae’s foot and stumbles into his arms.

She falls to the floor, overcome by Kang-bae’s ability, and says in a monotone, “No matter how hard I try, I can’t get pregnant.” Oh, poor thing. She tells the trio that she received fertility treatments for two years, and that she did get pregnant before too long.

She and her husband IN-HO (cameo by Tae In-ho) were beyond thrilled. But then she lost the baby, and it made her wonder if she just wasn’t meant to be a mother despite In-ho and her doctor both saying it wasn’t her fault. She’d resumed the treatments right away, but she never got pregnant again.

After two years, Soo-kyung and In-ho were both exhausted. Soo-kyung had started taking out her disappointment on In-ho, yelling at him for no reason and refusing him in bed. In-ho had suggested they stop all this, worried for Soo-kyung and for their relationship and saying that he can’t remember when they last laughed together, or even had a normal conversation.

Although Soo-kyung was heartbroken, In-ho had said that they could still build a life together, and she had agreed to stop trying. She admits to Wol-joo that she still wants a baby, and Wol-joo agrees that it’s not something she can give up easily. Kang-bae’s ability wears off and Soo-kyung apologizes for unloading her personal problems on them, but Wol-joo gives her a card for Mystic Pop-up Bar in case she ever needs to talk some more.

As they leave, Kang-bae says it’s too bad he already gave his conception dream to Manager Ma or he’d give it to Soo-kyung. Manager Gwi says it doesn’t work that way… there’s a being who sets everything up and hands out the conception dreams. Wol-joo gets an idea and runs off to see SAMSHIN (cameo by Oh Young-shil), who just happens to keep her conception dreams in an otherworldly claw machine (because of course she does).

Samshin is focused on drawing out just the right dream — they’re all inside bubbles, cute little animals or flowers or fruit, etc — when Wol-joo nearly scares the pants off her. Wol-joo keeps quiet while Samshin draws a bubble containing a walnut and puts it in a briefcase, then follows her to deliver it.

They strut through a dream park until they find Samshin’s target, a well-dressed young woman. Samshin gives her the bubble, which pops in her hands to become two walnuts. She proudly tells the woman that they’re her future children, but the woman asks if the walnuts mean she’s having boys (PFFT HAHAHA), then tries to give them back because she wants daughters. LOL, poor Samshin.

Wol-joo gets Samshin a coffee truck to butter her up, then hits her with a request — she wants to give Soo-kyung a conception dream. Samshin checks her notes for Soo-kyung and In-ho and says there are no babies planned for that couple yet, and she can’t say if or when they ever will get one, no matter how much Wol-joo nags.

Meanwhile, Manager Gwi sweeps up outside Mystic Pop-up Bar while Kang-bae hands out coupons. They have no idea they’re being watched by a dark figure, who glares at them angrily. In flashback, we see that he was a nobleman named KIM WON-YOUNG (Na Jong-chan) back when Wol-joo was alive.

The crown prince had introduced Won-young to a nervous Wol-joo, saying that Won-young was his oldest friend. Won-young had the prince’s complete trust, but there had been something dark behind Won-young’s eyes when he looked at Wol-joo. In the present, Won-young growls, “”After hundreds of years, here we are again. How are you? Your old friend is finally here, Your Majesty.”

Wol-joo wants to just steal a conception dream from Samshin, since she wouldn’t give her one, but Manager Gwi and Kang-bae both think it’s a terrible idea. Kang-bae even reminds her of how angry she was when he stole the ssanggapju, and Wol-joo’s response is a terse, “Shut up,” hee.

Chief Yeom wanders in, and the trio do a terrible job pretending they weren’t talking about something that could get them in big trouble. He gets a call about another escaped evil spirit, but when GM shows interest, Wol-joo orders Chief Yeom to get away because they’re already busy with something.

At work, Jin-dong catches Kang-bae practicing his dance moves in the locker room. He shrewdly guesses that Kang-bae is starting to like Yeo-rin, and Kang-bae doesn’t bother to deny that he thinks she’s lovely and feminine (Jin-dong: “Are we talking about the same person??” HAHA).

Kang-bae likes the sound of a “workplace romance,” and he floats down the hall, where he runs into Yeo-rin herself. She asks how his extra practice went, so he assures her that he’s getting a little better. Yeo-rin says “a little better” isn’t going to cut it… they’re aiming for first place.

They both have the day off tomorrow, so Kang-bae suggests they go shopping for costumes. Yeo-rin looks gorgeous in a red fringed dress, and poor Kang-bae nearly swallows his own tongue. His matching black outfit is a bit more embarrassing, with the neckline cut halfway down to his bellybutton, but Yeo-rin certainly seems to like it.

When they’re done, Kang-bae says he just happens to have two free movie tickets that expire today. They go see a movie called “The Gout Lovers” (starring Yoon Park and Ha Shi-eun), about two people with gout who fall in love but can never touch each other without causing great pain. It’s supposed to be a romantic comedy, but Kang-bae knows all too well how that feels and sobs his little heart out.

Interestingly, Yeo-rin also finds the movie extremely sad. She says she understands how the main couple felt when they had to break up, and Kang-bae agrees that it’s painful to know how much the person you care about is hurting but not be able to do anything about it. They exchange a look, as if surprised that someone understands.

At home, Yeo-rin’s roommate insists that Kang-bae must like Yeo-rin. Yeo-rin gets a text from him and she pretends she’s not eager to read it, reminding her roommate that Kang-bae says he only wanted to be her dance partner because he feels comfortable around her. Surprised, her roommate says that’s different from every other guy in Yeo-rin’s past.

Back in school, whenever Yeo-rin liked a guy, everything would go well until she confessed, then the guy would freak out and run away. They would go from liking her back, to suddenly afraid of her, and one guy even transferred to a different school to avoid her.

She finally got one boyfriend to stick around long enough to tell her that he got the creeps when she touched him, and she’d realized that it happened whenever she touched a guy she liked for the first time. Her roommate points out that she likes Kang-bae and has touched him, but he doesn’t get scared or run away.

Awww, poor Kang-bae stares at his phone nonstop while he’s working. Wol-joo says it’s a good sign that Yeo-rin hasn’t read it yet, which means she’s not ignoring him. When she does read it, all three of them hold their breath hoping for a response, but one doesn’t come and Kang-bae collapses in defeat.

In-ho and Soo-kyung meet with some friends for lunch, and Soo-kyung grows sad all over again watching In-ho interact with their friends’ children. At home, In-ho attempts to initiate intimacy again, but Soo-kyung pushes him away saying there’s no point.

She tells In-ho that when she saw him with those children, she felt bad for not being able to give him a child of his own. In-ho argues that he loves her, and that not having children doesn’t render their lives meaningless. Soo-kyung yells that if they weren’t married she wouldn’t be suffering this pain.

She storms out and goes for a walk, and she ends up at Mystic Pop-up Bar. Wol-joo serves her dakgangjeong, spicy fried chicken, and Soo-kyung says it’s her and In-ho’s favorite dish, though she gave it up when she was trying to conceive along with any products that might have harmful ingredients.

She says she’s always believed that hard work pays off, but now she knows that sometimes that’s not true. She admits that she fought with In-ho before coming here, and Wol-joo stops her from eating the dakgangjeong. She says it tastes better when it’s cooled down a bit, just like how painful things in life eventually settle and pass.

Wol-joo suggests that Soo-kyung let go until things cool down, and sends her home with the dakgangjeong — and a bottle of sanggapju-laced wine — to share with her husband. As they eat, Soo-kyung says she’s happy as long as she’s with In-ho, and he says he’s sorry for thinking she could give up on a baby so easily.

Manager Gwi refuses to help Wol-joo steal a conception dream, and he demands to know why she’s so determined to do this. Wol-joo says she loved a man once, and dreamed of marrying him and having his children. She says it was an ordinary dream, but he wasn’t an ordinary man, so she died without fulfilling her dream.

She knows how desperate and precious Soo-kyung’s dream is, and she tells Manager Gwi that she doesn’t expect him to understand — the only person who understands is her mother (what’s his expression about there? Hmmm…). She only asks him not to stop her, but he says firmly that there are now two people who understand her. Kang-bae enters, and Manager Gwi leads them out.

They sneak into Samshin’s house and confirm that she’s fast asleep (and farting up a storm, ewww, but Kang-bae’s giggle fit is adorable). They hold their breath until they get to the room where the conception dream claw machine lives, and Kang-bae stands watch while Wol-joo and Manager Gwi take turns failing to grab any bubbles.

Frustrated, Wol-joo gives the machine a vicious kick, and three bubbles fall out. Success! They grab the conception bubbles and head out, but the claw machine beeps and wakes up Samshin, and she finds a Mystic Pop-up Bar coupon that fell out of Wol-joo’s pocket and immediately guesses that she’s been robbed.

The trio wait by a dream river for Soo-kyung, and when she eventually arrives, they toss one of the conception bubbles into the water. It turns into a pink lotus flower, but when Soo-kyung tries to pick it up, she only splashes around and makes it float away.

They decide to try another bubble, and this one turns into a tiger. But it refuses to pounce on Soo-kyung when she walks by — HAHA, the zookeeper says that the tiger has already pounced on seventeen women tonight so he’s all tuckered out.

Samshin runs at them and almost catches up to the thieves, so Manager Gwi throws the last conception bubble at Soo-kyung. They find themselves dressed formally and Soo-kyung in Joseon bridal garb, with the peach from the conception bubble on the table between them. Soo-kyung bows her respects as if Manager Gwi and Wol-joo are her new in-laws.

Wol-joo tosses the peach to Soo-kyung, but Samshin bursts in at the last second and intercepts it mid-air. She takes off, and there’s a wild chase scene as the trio try their best to get the peach back for Soo-kyung. Wol-joo grabs Samshin’s hair, which causes her to fumble the peach. Manager Gwi grabs it but Samshin tickles him, so he passes the peach to Kang-bae.

They play hot-potato with the peach until Samshin goes low and kicks Manager Gwi in the walnuts, so he flings the peach at Kang-bae again. Kang-bae makes a Hail Mary pass, and the peach lands safely in Soo-kyung’s arms. They did it!

Not much later, Soo-kyung and In-ho are seen leaving the doctor’s office, all their focus on their new little bump. The trio wish for them to have a happy, healthy baby, then bicker over who’s responsible for getting the peach to Soo-kyung, hee. Manager Gwi and Wol-joo do a silly dance as they head back to the pojangmacha.

As Kang-bae watches them, he thinks, “Everyone has a wound that pains them. The moment you’re willing to reveal that wound you wanted to hide, is when you find someone with the same wound. As you show them your true self, and when they do the same, you get to know each other little by little.”

When they get back to their corner, they see Chief Yeom directing some men as they clear out Mystic Pop-up Bar. Chief Yeom informs Wol-joo, Manager Gwi, and Kang-bae that they broke the laws of Heaven by stealing the conception dream, so Queen Yeomra has declared Mystic Pop-up Bar suspended indefinitely.

  
COMMENTS

I’ve been waiting for Wol-joo’s impulsiveness to get her in trouble, and I’m really only surprised it took five hundred years for it to happen. Stealing that conception dream was a stupid idea, even if Wol-joo’s heart was in the right place, so I think Queen Yeomra was absolutely right to suspend the pojangmacha. I believe that a large reason Wol-joo was sent to the world of the living to help people in the first place was to learn a lesson, since the Hell of Boiling Cauldrons didn’t seem to be doing the trick, but Wol-joo certainly hasn’t learned much so far. She’s still bitter, she still (says she) hates humans, and she still does whatever she wants regardless of the consequences to herself or others. I have a feeling she’s going to have a very difficult time getting her pojangmacha back in time to finish her quota by the deadline.

This episode turned a few of my theories a bit sideways, shedding a bit of doubt on some assumptions that I was pretty sure were true. The main thing I’m now doubting is that Manager Gwi is the crown prince that Wol-joo loved, though that’s mostly based on one throwaway comment from Kang-bae that the jade ring in his dream looked familiar (the crown prince was planning to give Wol-joo a jade ring the night she died). Now I think it’s possible that Kang-bae is the crown prince’s reincarnation, and that Manager Gwi is someone else — Wol-joo’s mother, maybe? The way he looked at her when she said only her mother understands her was… interesting. It would explain Manager Gwi’s protectiveness of Wol-joo, and there’s no rule we know of that says a spirit can’t present as either gender. There’s also nothing that says Wol-joo and the prince have to end up together romantically again, if Kang-bae is the crown prince.

I really want to know what’s going on with Yeo-rin. We know now that she’s not just immune to Kang-bae’s ability — she has a bizarre “ability” of her own. Yeo-rin’s power is the exact opposite of Kang-bae’s… where his touch draws people to him and inspires them to trust him with their deepest secrets, Yeo-rin’s touch repels men to the point of abject terror (as well as somehow nullifying Chief Yeom’s powers). But it only seems to happen when Yeo-rin confesses her feelings to a guy — her roommate seems to be able to touch her, and she’s touched people through her work as a security guard without any strange responses. Either way, it’s no wonder Yeo-rin and Kang-bae cancel each other out. But how did they end up with such powers, and are their abilities random or do they have a purpose?

And who is this Won-young guy all of a sudden? He has connections to Wol-joo and the prince back to their days among the living, but why is he so angry? He appeared to resent Wol-joo on first sight, although the prince felt confident that he could trust him, and the way he was following Wol-joo on the night everything went wrong gives me a very bad feeling. Did Won-young kill Wol-joo’s mother? If so, why? And what grudge is he still carrying around, five hundred years later?

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Thanks for the recap! Yes, this one's hilarious! I love this episode's theme of opening up (when you're ready) and finding people who understand you as a result 😊

I like how the movie-watching scene showed Kang Bae and Yeo-rin's connection on a deeper level. Kang Bae is drawn to Yeorin not only because he can touch her, but also because they value the same things (as shown also in the blind man scene last ep). That gives us assurance that their relationship (whatever they want it to be) is something that can last. But I was surprised that Yeorin had a touching problem too. She was obviously special but I thought she didn't know about it. Now this is even more interesting..

Won-young is intriguing.. is he an evil spirit, or one reincarnated with his memories or another one with a task from the gods? (and he may be annoying too haha. I hate fake friends). But I guess his appearance also means that the Crown Prince may only be either Manager Gwi or Hang Kang-bae (unless it's a passerby hahaha) Manager Gwi still has my vote =D (I also think Wol-joo's mom is significant and what happened to her might be revealed soon, but I'm more inclined to think that it's Kang-bae because of his ability hehe, though the ring is confusing.. )

The trio's adventure, as always, is really so fun to watch hahaha. Manager Gwi's phone trying to put them in trouble again, them playing a team sport, and celebrating at the end XD Plus we're getting more Wol-joo x Manager Gwi date scenes~ hahaha

And that was an interesting take on conception hahaha

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An interesting point, I've seen someone mention that Gwi's ringtone is the same as the music used by royalty in Joseon era when they go out.

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I got curious and tried looking it up and found this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-1-4eLjzhE. Who knows, with how clever and intricate this show is, I wouldn't be surprised if it was a deliberate choice to choose a ringtone with such similar vibes to hint at Crown Prince's reincarnation.

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Oh wow, that is really interesting! Yes, I also think details like this are deliberately put in this show. I guess we can still keep our hopes up hehe. Thanks for sharing this! =D

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Thank you for sharing!

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omg never ever thought of that!

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Wow, I could never get that reference. Thanks for sharing!!

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Curious about Yeorin problem as well as she clearly looks cursed or some of the sorts and sounds worse than Kangbae or more evil..Curious who she was in her past life that was given that grudge upon her...

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In-ho attempts to initiate intimacy again, but Soo-kyung pushes him away saying there’s no point.

Sigh. Kdramaland.

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After watching this episode I searched a bit and found a 2015 article describing how claw machines cheat. There are a few ways, and the owner's manual tells you how to configure them to cheat how often in which ways.

Maybe 2 or 3 years ago I read something where the claw machine industry promised to not cheat any more.

Conclusions:
1: Claw machine PPL is problematic even by kdrama PPL standards. At least Dysons aren't designed to cheat you.
2: If you absolutely must make something as important as Korea's birth rate depend on those those machines, be sure to get a new model.
3: RTFM

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Dyson won't cheat on you.
My baby loves me even more than I can imagine!

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i really enjoy this drama. i know that wol-joo's impulsive and silly and makes a lot of mistakes, but i love how far she's willing to go to help someone, even when the insists she hates humans. i think that alone is a little bit of growth.

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Thank you for the recap! This episode was so so fun and I really love how fast and loose they're playing with supernatural forces.

The Gout Lovers bit had me dying, it was objectively a hilarious parody but I really felt for Kang-bae and Yeo-rin the poor sweethearts.

I also found the bit where Gwi said he understood and decided to help Wol-joo steal the conception dream very touching. I'm still not sure if he's the crown prince or not but the romantic part of me kinda hopes he is?

There are tons of reasons why someone would want a baby via pregnancy and they're all valid but I was a little surprised that adoption was never mentioned. But I suppose that's also very western of me- I know adoption's culturally complicated in South Korea.

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Adoption is complicated in so many countries.
In my country it takes years and waiting and you wouldn't even probably get a baby born.
It's not so easy and takes as much effort, time and money as having an IFV. So I guess it all depends on the couple.

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Exactly, and that was something I'm want to keep in mind. It was a small distracting thought while watching the episode but on further reflection, it's a complicated enough topic that I could see why they didn't want to throw it into the mix of an overall light episode

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We have all seen the common tropes about adoption being somehow shameful in Korea in the dramas, but I wonder how common that actually is. Hard to say, because in Kdramas half the kids in Korea come from orphanages.

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lol, it's a little hard to balance the drama tropes with the real-life status quo especially when (if you're like me) you don't understand the language or have the cultural background. There are some articles about the issues surrounding domestic adoption in South Korea which are an interesting read though

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I also thought that adoption should have been at least mentioned. Since Kang Bae is an orphan I thought he would mention his childhood, moving the couple to go for an adoption...
I know the process is long and complicated but they could have gone for a unrealistic k-drama version where they gloss over that.

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I enjoy this drama, my first thought. Second though, I thought manager Gwi might be her mother too because of his look, but I think that is a red herring and he is in fact the prince. As for who Kang Bae, who knows.

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He's the Prince to me.
And regarding the look, to me he looked sad. I mean, the woman he loved once is telling him that she had imagined a life with him and their children, but it never happened and that feeling it was something ONLY her mother would understand. But he could, because he also had imagined it, so that's why he said that now there were two people who understand.
I'll tell you, I'm going to cry rivers if he's not the Crown Prince.

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To me, Manager Gwi's expression was definitely telling, but I don't think it was in reaction to the mention of her mother. In fact, I see how he was taken by surprise (when Wol-joo talks about how she had a man she loved and wanted to have children with) and then it's as if the idea settles in before he goes and says : "I didn't know."
I mean I might be wrong, but the way Choi Won-Young portrays Gwi (amazingly), there's been a ton of instances where his facial expressions gave me a sense of understanding and reminiscence whenever Wol-Joo talks about her past (like in Ep 5 the exchange in the restaurant, or even in this week's episodes).

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Yes!! I totally agree with you!!
The way he looks at her, and the way he protects her, and the way he acts, he's so concerned for her... not in a motherly way, it's different.
And I too agree that Choi Won Young is making a really good job.
My poor heart will be broken if he's not the Crown Prince.

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I'm genuinely hoping that manager gwi is the crown prince, please! because, kang bae kind of feels like their kid.

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Another fun episode. I really enjoyed the movie date and the take on infertility (am also watching Oh My Baby so seems like everything is about that at the moment).

It seems like Kang-bae and Yeo-rin are meant to be together given the opposite reactions their touch normally causes. I’m going to speculate WILDLY and say that if everyone is a reincarnation of someone, then Manager Gwi is Crown Prince and Kang-bae and Yeo-rin are BOTH Wol-joo’s mother whose soul has been split in half because...reasons...(I’m making this up as I go and have no evidence, compelling or otherwise to offer in support of this theory, just trying to think of different ideas! 😄)

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This has fairly creepy implications for romance though 😂

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Hahaha that's pretty wild. But with how this show is going, who knows? I wouldn't be surprised if you're right 😆

One thing's for sure, Kang-bae and Yeo-rin's spirits are connected. I'm thinking of something like yin and yang, since they have opposite abilities 😁

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I also thought of your wild speculation, because I've been racking my brain trying to figure out where YeoRin ability (to call it something) comes from.

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She must fit in somehow, right? Everything so far has felt very connected.

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To me that looked like a curse or grudge,to be forever alone...Also believed she was hunted by something but doubt it as they could have seen it when they meet her

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What a brilliant, mind blowing theory re. Kang-bae and Yeo-rin! The first recording of the split soul concept dates back to ye olde ancient Egyptian creation mythology. The concept of "two halves of one soul" fits the world view of One True Love.

As much as I hope Manager Gwi is the Crown Prince, it could be even better if he's not—if our Onion Boy represents new love. The notion of only One True Love is limiting in a world where we live longer and outlive our partners (emotionally or literally). What if Manager Gwi is superb soul who's a good fit for the person Wol-joo is now?

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To me the biggest mystery is Yeo-rin and Kang-bae- and their powers. It is as if they were intended to be a matched pair from birth- for reasons that preceded their birth. But what if Kang-bae is the re-incarnated Prince (they seem to have similar personalities)? Where would Yeo-rin come into that picture?

This Won-young guy was probably motivated by simple jealousy. And then just got more evil from there.

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The crane thing being used to grab on to conception dreams is a brilliant choice! It's almost impossible to get a stuffy from those things! Just shows that pregnancy is a big deal and that it took lots of effort for a person to be conceived. It's a blessing! It's winning the lottery!

The Gout Lovers was hilarious! Makes you wonder how it made it into the big screen. I was laughing at first because seriously, that plot was just crazy and these two were crying but then I understood why they were bawlung like that. It's comedy for us but for them, that's their reality. I'm really curious as to what Yeo-rin's past life was like. It would shed some light to her touch problems and maybe why she's super strong. More than her strength, it seems like people get very intimidated and cower in front of her.

Thanks for the recap! Cant get enough if this show!

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Thanks for the recaps and comments. I'm having so much fun with this show, it's honestly my favorite right now among the airing ones.

I love all the cameos, beautiful surprises on every episode. We had Tae In Ha in this one, one of my very favorite actors, and I loved him hear, playing the supportive husband who wants to be a dad but loves his wife above everything and wants to spend his life with her and wants her to feel good even in the rough times they're going through. I really appreciate this character because infertility can be really hard and it takes lots of love to overcome it. So I'm glad WolJoo broke the rules and stole the conception dream. Yes!!

The claw machine, the movie date and the fight and chasing the peach were hilarious. And also sad because of what they meant. I love how the show show us things in a simple way but they have such a deep meaning. It was not a claw machine, it was the struggle to become parents; it was a not a movie, but the story of two people that loved and understood each other but cannot be together because sometimes love is not enough; it was not a peach chasing but a way to defend your own beliefs.

I still think that Manager Gwi is the Crown Prince and I will stand for it until the show proves me wrong and breaks my heart. And every hint the show gives me trying to make him be WolJoo's mother, reaffirms me he's the Prince: when WolJoo says only her mother understands he states that he didn't know and now there are two people who understand her; when Kang Bae dreams of a jade ring, it's not the one the Prince was supposed to give WolJoo but the one his mum dreamt of.

I still don't know where YeoRin fits in this whole situation. She's attracted to KangBae (as he's to her) but why her "ability"?

Regarding the creepy guy... he's creepy and I think he's in the center of the tragedy, probably the one who killed, or at least was involved in, WolJoo's mum.

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There have been some ambiguous hints that Manager Gwi could be the reincarnation of Wol-joo's mother, but I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that it's just to add some mystery to the viewing experience. Because Manager Gwi needs to be the reincarnation of the Crown Prince, after that exercise date in the last episode and everything else between their dynamics to-date!

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I was really on the fence this episode. Not being able to conceive is such a difficult issue and comes with so much heartbreak and challenges for the parents. So the claw machine and kind of clownesque figure of Samchin at first felt offensive to me. On the other hand, the couple portrayed their struggles so nuanced and the connection to Wo Joo's past and her motivation to start the theft was meaningful. And it is also a kind of... I don't know, comforting? reassuring?... thought of having the deity that has such an impact on the lives of humankind not being an all serious, fate-based decision-maker but instead someone who takes their job seriously day by day but isn't caught up in the tragedy it might install on its recipients. She is as serious a claw machine worker as they come.
And "gout lovers" - I would watch that movie. And a cameo by Yoon Park! The casting director did a great job as always.

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For some, the show started off as a Hotel De Luna re-boot because of a similar theme, but I think the show has moved toward Pegasus Market in its own unique storytelling and world building. And I am fine with that.
My theory on Kang-bae’s ability and Yeo-rin’s power are caused by the fact that they are possessed by very strong spirits. At the deadline, Wol-joo will find out to release them to reach her 100k goal.
Anyone could really be Wol-joo's mother or the Crown Prince, including Chief Yeom. I think Gwi was sent to the bar to protect Wol-joo from a cycle of evil spirits set on revenge for her curse that destroyed the kingdom.

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Really enjoying Choi Won-Young's portrayal of Manager Gwi ..... at once, serious and funny but with just enough mystery to keep us guessing who he really is.

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Thank you for the recap @lollypip!

I love this show!
Like other commenter said, I also get the similar vibes of Hotel Del Luna and Pegasus market... which I love!

I think Manager Gwi is the crown prince.
(Choi Won-young is fantastic by the way)
Maybe I'm wrong, but I had an impression that Won-young the evil spirit/bad guy was standing outside of the pojangmacha and talking to the prince who is in there.
So it must be Manager Gwi...

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It's been a while for me since commenting, but I just had to pop on and say I'm absolutely in LOVE with this drama. So silly, cute, and the world is so well developed in little ways, I love it. I tried Hotel de Luna with high hopes, but I feel like I got a lot of gorgeous camerawork and not enough of the fun hijinks in that show. This one has all the fun hijinks and quirks, AND I like the characters more... MPUB, fighting! :)

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Thank you for another great recap @ LollyPip! Another great episode that deals with a serious issue that many couples face. As other Beanies have already mentioned, I loved the idea of conception dreams coming from a claw machine. Also, was I the only one who cringed when I saw Kang-bae's dance outfit?

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Omg the outfit was sooooo cringy!

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@lemonylite I was glad that they wore better outfits for the actual competition.

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Same! The dress she wore for the competition also looked way better than the ones she tried on in the store!

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Ep 6 is soooo good! Couldn’t stop laughing with The Gout Lovers (seriously they better make that movie)lol. Our trio is really the heart of the show, oh how I wish to be a part of their squad. I can’t believe we’re already halfway and it’s gonna be really tough to say goodbye when the drama ends.

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This is super random but I liked the little pro LGBT bit at the beginning.
Initially when Kang Bae squirmed at the thought of being kissed by his male co-worker I was pretty worried that the implication was that two men kissing was a gross concept but thankfully they didn't go there.

Apart from Gwi being all supportive I also loved how Kang Bae just asked "Is it true [that my dream may mean I'm into guys]?" like he was ready to accept it if it were true. Like, obviously he sounded shocked but he was definitely not terrified or disgusted.

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