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Mystic Pop-up Bar: Episode 7

Today’s episode is fun, with another problem to solve and Mystic Pop-up Bar’s very existence on the line. There’s dancing and silly shenanigans, but yet again our focus issue is one that tugs at your heart. We get some more answers about everyone’s backgrounds, and the evil that’s threatening to destroy them for good, and none of the answers make me worry any less for our pojangmacha trio.

  
EPISODE 7 RECAP

After Wol-joo steals the conception dream and gives it to a woman without permission, Queen Yeomra orders Mystic Pop-up Bar shut down indefinitely. Wol-joo and Manager Gwi ask for leniency, but Queen Yeomra says that Wol-joo thinks the rules don’t apply to her because she’s already been too nice.

She does agree not to take back the child they gave to the couple, but she decides the case won’t count towards Wol-joo’s quota. She also sentences them to 120 hours of Afterlife community service, and says they can’t re-open Mystic Pop-up Bar until they’re finished.

They end up helping the Reincarnation Rating Committee, who review people’s lives and give them a grade. Grade A means they get to be reborn as human, Grade B has them coming back as an animal, and Grade C sentences the worst people to a life as an insect.

A guy who sold food laced with dangerous chemicals gets sentenced to be a dung beetle, which seems fair. The next are seven firefighters who saved many people from a burning department store before losing their own lives. They’re naturally given a Grade A, and they say humbly that they just want to be reborn as a pleasant cool breeze. But Manager Gwi gets a great idea — since they have such good teamwork, they get to be reborn as a world-famous seven-member boy band called Breeze-Like Souls… or BLS, for short (awww, that makes my ARMY heart happy).

The next step is for the souls to enter the Shower of Oblivion, where their previous life’s memories are washed away. The man slated to be a dung beetle is scared, but Wol-joo reassures him that he won’t even know he was scared in a few moments, and he comes out of the shower with a clean memory and no fear.

During a break, Manager Gwi says he misses Kang-bae, and Wol-joo thinks he must be busy practicing for the dance competition. They’re worried that they won’t have enough time to fill Wol-joo’s quota once they serve all their time, and Wol-joo says that at least Manager Gwi can go back to the Afterlife Police if they fail, while she’ll go straight to hell.

Manager Gwi says that her 99,995 settled grudges might get Wol-joo a reduced sentence of a Grade C reincarnation. She admits that she’s jealous of those who get to be reincarnated because they can forget their old lives, while she’s been in pain for five hundred years. Manager Gwi asks sadly if her life was really that bad, and if there isn’t just one thing that was good in her life.

Wol-joo does say she was happy being her mother’s daughter, and wonders if her mother felt the same way. Manager Gwi is certain that Wol-joo’s mother enjoyed her life with Wol-joo, and when Wol-joo scoffs, “How would you know?” he only says cagily, “I just do.” Wol-joo sighs that her mother probably wouldn’t even recognize her, but Manager Gwi says she might even be watching Wol-joo right now.

While cleaning in the reincarnation records room, Wol-joo looks up some famous people to see where they ended up. She thinks about Manager Gwi saying that her mother might be nearby, so she considers looking up her mother’s records later. She does stop when she spots the records for the Joseon royal family, and she hesitantly looks up her prince.

Just seeing his name (Yi Heon) brings back a lot of happy memories of them falling in love, especially one night when he had promised to protect Wol-joo. But she’s interrupted by Manager Gwi before she sees who Yi Heon was reincarnated as, because they’ve been summoned by Queen Yeomra.

Poor Kang-bae is depressed, missing his friends, when Yeo-rin asks to speak to him privately. She asks why he missed practice and ignored her calls yesterday, and she objects to his vague apology. Kang-bae says his head is in a bad place, and Yeo-rin assumes he’s upset because she didn’t reply to his text message. LOL, Kang-bae says he forgot all about that… poor Yeo-rin.

Kang-bae hurries to Mystic Pop-up Bar’s usual location, but the spot is empty for the third night in a row. He thinks about all of his happy moments with Wol-joo and Manager Gwi, and he fervently hopes they’re doing well and that they’ll visit him in a dream soon.

Yeo-rin’s roommate decides that Kang-bae must be a player, who “lights a match and just lets it burn.” Yeo-rin protests that she’s not some piece of dry wood, but her roommate points out that she’s never even kissed a guy. Yeo-rin says it’s not her fault guys run away when she starts to like them, so her roommate tells her that before she starts to like Kang-bae, she needs to kiss him.

Queen Yeomra is suspiciously friendly when Wol-joo and Manager Gwi come to her office. She reluctantly confesses that she made a teeny tiny mistake and needs a teeny tiny favor. She had been surveying her Hellish domains when she got an angry text message from the Jade Emperor about the escaped evil spirit. He had threatened to strip her of her rank, so Queen Yeomra had sent back a fawning message promising to handle it.

She’d gotten a sympathetic text from Samshin, and when she wrote back calling the Jade Emperor names, an employee had bumped into her and the message was accidentally sent to the Jade Emperor. HAHAHA, oops. Queen Yeomra had started to compose a conciliatory text, but her phone chose that moment to run out of battery.

She’d run to the docent’s desk and unplugged a random plug to charge her phone, but unfortunately, she’d disconnected the power to the Shower of Oblivion. A soul whose memory was supposed to be wiped didn’t get reset, and when the soul in charge of him had returned from the restroom, he hadn’t told her the shower malfunctioned.

Queen Yeomra tells Wol-joo and Manager Gwi that the soul was sent back to Earth with his memories intact, and that he’s disappeared. She asks them to find the spirit before the Jade Emperor finds out and fires her, and Wol-joo sees a chance to do some negotiation. She haggles Queen Yeomra into promising to reinstate Mystic Pop-up Bar as soon as she catches the missing soul, as well as canceling their community service, extending Wol-joo’s deadline by ten days, and counting this towards her quota.

The spirit is JANG BOK-SOO (cameo by Choi Dae-hoon), a gambler whose only goal in life was to hit it big. He’d stolen from family and friends to feed his habit, and was hit by a car and killed while running from loan sharks.

The Reincarnation Rating Committee had given him a Grade B and sent him back as an animal that would bring joy and happiness to others… a chicken, hee. But since Bok-soo’s memory wasn’t erased, he freaks out that he might get fried and eaten when he sees the egg he’s supposed to be born into.

He’s about to enter the egg when a man comes in to collect it and trips, knocking himself out. Bok-soo figures an old man is better than a fried egg so he possesses him, and he’s delighted to learn that the old man just happens to be filthy rich.

Kang-bae gets excited when there’s a red pojangmacha tent in Mystic Pop-up Bar’s old spot, but it turns out to be someone else’s shop. But Wol-joo and Manager Gwi are standing nearby waving at him, and he bursts into tears and runs into their arms. Such a sweet boy. They reassure him that they’re doing better than he seems to be, then fill him on on what’s been happening.

They head to the house where Bok-soo’s egg was laid, to look for a lead on his location. When he emerges, Kang-bae recognizes the man he’s inhabiting as CEO KIM (cameo by Kim Yong-gun), CEO of Kapeul Mart. Manager Gwi is about to impersonate CEO Kim when a van delivers some produce, so he and Kang-bae pose as workers to get into the house.

They make their way to the chicken coop, where Manager Gwi tries to talk to the chickens (of course he speaks Chicken, lol), but they don’t feel like talking. He makes Kang-bae touch one chicken, and HAHA, his ability works on her. She tells Manager Gwi that Bok-soo’s spirit is possessing CEO Kim’s body.

While he’s being driven to work, Bok-soo’s car passes a chalk outline of a body in the street, and it reminds Bok-soo of the last time he saw a friend of his who runs a produce stand. He’d been asking to borrow money yet again, to pay off a loan shark. His friend had asked how long Bok-soo planned to keep living like this, but he’d agreed to bail Bok-soo out one last time.

His friend had gotten a phone call, and Bok-soo heard him asking the caller if they were here yet. The loan shark and his thugs had turned up just then, so Bok-soo assumed his friend called them on him. He had made a run for it… right into the path of the car that killed him.

Now Bok-soo vows to make the “friend” pay for betraying him and getting him killed. He hires the loan shark and his lackeys to destroy the poor man’s produce stand, then goes on a power trip of paying the loan shark according to how low he bows to him.

Wol-joo and Manager Gwi catch the end of their interaction, and later, the trio talk about Bok-soo’s likelihood of going nuts now that he has both money and power. Kang-bae is worried about CEO Kim, who he says is a very nice man, but who’s stuck in his own subconscious with no way out. Wol-joo says they need to get Bok-soo to drink the ssanggapju, but the bar is still suspended.

As CEO of Kapeul Mart, Bok-soo shows up at the final rehearsal for the dance contest with snacks for the contestants. Kang-bae wonders if he should use his ability on him, but when conversation turns to this year’s winning prize (having a wish granted by CEO Kim), he gets a better idea. He tells Wol-joo and Manager Gwi that he plans to win the dance contest and wish for CEO Kim to have a drink at his place, at which point they can give him the ssanggapju.

At the dance studio, Yeo-rin asks Kang-bae hopefully if she’s the reason he’s suddenly so determined to win. She’s immediately embarrassed, but Kang-bae says he needs to win for someone who’s very important to him, and she gets excited that he might mean her. This time when they practice their dip, it’s Yeo-rin who gets all flustered, remembering her roommate’s advice to kiss Kang-bae.

Chief Yeom and his assistant have dinner and talk about work, and the assistant asks if Chief Yeom looked at the profile of the escaped evil spirit yet. When Chief Yeom checks the profile, he looks surprised — it’s Won-hyung, Crown Prince Yi Heon’s old friend, who’s still following him five hundred years later.

On the day of the dance competition, Wol-joo and Manager Gwi’s brilliant and totally ethical strategy is to sabotage the other dancers so that Kang-bae and Yeo-rin win. Manager Gwi impersonates one of the managers and tries to get his partner to drink a laxative-laced energy drink, but she puts the drink down and makes him rehearse. She wears him out, and he grabs the energy drink without thinking… oh no.

Meanwhile, Wol-joo is hard at work ruining the costumes of the other dancers. Her efforts pay off when one contestant’s pants fall off in the middle of their dance, one couple slips and falls, and a third give up when the fish sauce on the man’s shirt makes the woman need to throw up.

But the couple that Manager Gwi failed to break up do pretty great, so Yeo-rin gets worried when it’s almost their turn. Kang-bae gives her a pep talk, telling her to just do her best, then they go out for their dance. They are adorable, and their routine goes off without a hitch, including the big dip at the end.

And they win! Bok-soo presents them with their prize and asks what their wishes are. Yeo-rin wishes to be made a permanent employee, which Bok-soo grants, and he’s more than happy to agree to have a drink at Kang-bae’s home. Awww, Poor Manager Gwi only now shows up after being stuck in the bathroom for the entire competition.

When Bok-soo goes to Kang-bae’s place, Manager Gwi and Wol-joo pose as his aunt and uncle. Bok-soo notes how small Kang-bae’s rooftop apartment is and gives him terrible advice about not working too hard and just needing to hit it big. Wol-joo oh-so-politely lets him know he’s dead wrong, and finally gets him to drink the ssanggapju.

In Bok-soo’s dream, he doesn’t die when he’s hit by the car. He follows a trail of cash in the street, stuffing each bill greedily into his pockets until they lead him to the loan sharks’ hideout. He eavesdrops on their conversation when he realizes they’re talking about him.

They laugh about how Bok-soo ran when he saw them at the produce stand, which they find hilarious since they weren’t there for him — they were there because the produce stand owner has been paying off Bok-soo’s debts..

Bok-soo hurries to the produce stand, where his friend is talking to his fiancee. She’s very upset because he keeps using his savings to bail out Bok-soo instead of saving for their future. Ten years ago, Bok-soo moved out of his house and used his deposit money to pay for his friend’s mother’s surgery, but his fiancee thinks he’s done enough to pay Bok-soo back.

Wol-joo approaches Bok-soo, who’s devastated to realize that he ruined his only friend’s business over a misunderstanding. He tries to wake up so he can rebuild the shop, but Wol-joo scoffs that they money is CEO Kim’s, not his. She tells Bok-soo to do the right thing and receive his punishment.

She says he’ll be downgraded to a Grade C, but that she’ll make sure his friend is taken care of. Bok-soo agrees, but Wol-joo says he’s not ready yet… he’s still holding all the money he picked up, hee. He eagerly throws it all in the garbage, and Wol-joo smiles.

Kang-bae and Yeo-rin sit together on the Kapeul Mart roof, and Yeo-rin gets fixated on Kang-bae’s pretty lips. He smiles, and Yeo-rin goes for it, planting a big smooch on him. She runs off, suddenly shy, leaving Kang-bae wondering what just happened.

At night, Chief Yeom’s assistant waits on a dark rooftop for the evil spirit to appear. It’s not long before Won-hyung shows up, and although the assistant has a sword and some pretty incredible skills, Won-hyung easily holds him off bare-handed. He grabs the assistant by the throat, and the assistant asks how an evil spirit can be so strong.

Won-hyung says that he’s been wandering the country devouring other evil spirits and gaining their strength. He opens his mouth wide and devours the assistant, but he grumbles that it’s not enough. “You just wait,” he growls, “It will be your turn soon.”

Kang-bae acts all blissed out as Wol-joo and Manager Gwi sit down for drinks, but he swears up and down it has nothing to do with Yeo-rin. He gets maudlin and wonders what he did in a past life to justify this life being so difficult, but when he sighs that it might have been better if he’s been reborn as an insect, Wol-joo snaps that they wouldn’t have met him and become friends.

He admits that he was incredibly lonely while they were gone, and Manager Gwi asks what he’ll do when they finish Wol-joo’s quota and Mystic Pop-up Bar disappears. Kang-bae asks if they can stay, but Wol-joo says that he won’t have his ability anymore so he should get a girlfriend and enjoy a normal life. He still wants to know about his past life, but Manager Gwi and Wol-joo says it’s forbidden and that he wouldn’t be able to live a normal life if he knew.

Chief Yeom goes to the roof where his assistant fought Won-hyung, and he finds his assistant’s discarded sword. He says out loud, “You must have suffered so much for the past five hundred years. Your anger and resentment. I will help end your pain. Come to me, Won-hyung.”

He stops by Mystic Pop-up Bar, where our trio has gotten good and drunk and are ready to relocate to a noraebang. Chief Yeom is back to his cheerful self, and he complains about how much money he spent buying food while Mystic Pop-up Bar was out of commission. He agrees to go with them for round two, but as they trot off happily, arm in arm, Chief Yeom’s smile falters.

  
COMMENTS

Well, I’m definitely sure that the crown prince is back in one form or another, but I’m still not entirely certain what form that is. I’m glad that Wol-joo wasn’t able to see who he’d been reincarnated as, because I think the answer will shock her, and she needs to focus on finishing her task. But I think she, and we, will be learning the truth soon enough, and I’m not sure that any answer will allay my concerns for everyone involved.

We’re still getting hints that Manager Gwi might be Wol-joo’s mother and that Kang-bae may be Crown Prince Yi Heon’s reincarnation, but I’m not sure what to think. Obviously the show wants us confused, and right now it’s doing a great job. Both Wol-joo’s mother and the crown prince have reasons for wanting to protect Wol-joo, so it would make sense for Manager Gwi to be either of them, but I still believe he’s the prince (mostly because of his fighting prowess). I don’t see any indications of Kang-bae being the prince, but I could believe him being Wol-joo’s mother — it would give a reason for his ability, if she wanted to come back and help her daughter accomplish her goal. It would also explain why he’s so loving and has gotten attached to Wol-joo so quickly. So for now I think that Manager Gwi is the prince and Kang-bae is the mother, and only time will tell if I’m right.

I really hope that whatever Kang-bae’s story is, he’s not the crown prince, because I love him and Yeo-rin together so much. I don’t think there’s a chance he and Wol-joo will end up together no matter who he ends up being (if anyone), because he’s got his own life to live and she will almost certainly return to the Afterlife in one way or another when this is all over. But I don’t want him pining for her, because he deserves to live his own life and he really does belong with Yeo-rin. I do like the theory that Kang-bae and Yeo-rin are one soul split into two, which would make a lot of sense considering that their abilities cancel each other out. But whatever soul it is, I don’t want it to be something that leaves Kang-bae conflicted.

Right now, though, my main worry is Won-hyung. We know so little about him, but he’s turning out to be a huge threat. We know he was a nobleman when Wol-joo and the crown prince were alive, and that the prince considered him his most trusted friend. But Won-hyung seemed to have a grudge even way back then, and it’s possible he even killed Wol-joo’s mother for some reason (his goal may have been to kill Wol-joo herself). We don’t know yet why he hates the crown prince so much that he’s willing to follow him for five hundred years to get revenge, though the usual drama tropes come to mind — he was in love with Wol-joo, or maybe he was an illegitimate half-brother who had designs on the throne. But nothing seems serious enough to justify everything he’s doing, and now Chief Yeom appears to know something about Won-hyung, so I’m getting more and more concerned. I’m so anxious to find out more answers!

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This drama turns out to be something I enjoy watching. And I am just as puzzled about Mgr Gwi. One week, I thought Mgr Gwi could be the prince, but another week, I thought he could be the mother, and last week, I was back thinking that he could be the prince. I've never thought of Kang Bae as anything, maybe because i feel he doesn't give any strong hint. This drama also gives out a different vibes from Hotel Del Luna, and thus far, I think I can safely say I prefer the Bar than the Hotel.

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Personally, this drama gives me more of the Goblin vibes than Hotel Luna. Think about it. The main lady is punished with long after life (500 years) for killing many people. She doesn’t recognize the Prince who is next to her, because she didn’t get to see him as grown up. There’s also a strong opponent hovering around them all - the evil spirit (enemy in former life). Or maybe I get Goblin deja vu because of Sung Jae presence in both dramas?

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Thank you, @lollypip for this recap. I agree - Kang-bae and Yeo-rin look good together. I enjoyed the part when Queen Yeomra mistakenly sent the message and when Manager Gwi was talking to the chicken. Wow, Kang-bae's skills even affect animals!

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I love the idea of the shower of oblivion. It reminds of the tea served by grim reaper in goblin. The context of material attachment and greed of someone who died, especially money, was carried out subtly.

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I always joke that I did not drink all my tea in my past life cos I am so scared of cars in this life and I dunno why lol. I wonder if I pass away due to a car accident of sorts in my previous life. In this drama's context, maybe something similar happened to me like the guy hahas

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I laughed so much this episode 😂 Yeomra having very relatable mobile phone problems, Kang-bae's ability working on chickens, and Gwibanjang stupidly drinking that laxative-laced drink.

I liked the whole Reincarnation Committee part. The idea behind it is nothing new, but I enjoyed how they showed it. And for a stenographer and sergeant at arms/bailiff, Woljoo and Manager Gwi have a lot to say hahaha

OMG, Manager Gwi could really be the mom! That's not bad at all. No one really loves Wol-joo as much as her mom. But after a few episodes, I really think this show is just confusing us haha so I'm staying with my original prediction (I'm with you LollyPip :p) that Kang Bae is mom and Manager Gwi is prince. Though I really have no problem if it's the opposite =))

To be honest, I feel bad for the other dance participants. I know it's supposed to be funny but it kinda disregards the hard work of everyone, including Kang-bae's.

And wow, Won-young is powerful! His past is very intriguing. I hope it's really serious. I initially felt that he's another insecure friend but having a grudge for 500 years could mean there's more to his story. Wouldn't it be fun if the only person who can defeat him is Yeo-rin? hahahah

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I am firmly in the "manager gwi is the prince camp'. First, as was pointed out, his fighting ability. Second the kind of closed off look he occasionally gets when Wol Joo is goofing around with him. Third, his reluctance to go back to the afterlife police force. He told Chief Yeom 'later' when he broached the subject. Tie that in with the prince's vow to protect wol joo no matter what, i think Mgr Gwi is the prince. As far as i see theres no way Kang Bae is going to fall for Wol Joo. When you start by calling someone 'imo-nim', i cannot imagine it turning into a romantic attachment. Also, dont think he's mom. I'm thinking there will be a very emotional mom episode before mom gets reincarnated. As for Kang Bae and Yeo Rin - maybe their story is connected and they just happen to cross paths with Wol Joo. maybe they are her last two cases?

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I'm with you. He's the Prince.
If he's not, I don't think my poor heart can recover.

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Previously I was always quite convinced that Manager Gwi was the reincarnation of the Crown Prince, largely because of how he is staying around Wol-joo to protect her, that park exercise date and their dynamics and how he was just giving in to her sweetly, and of course of his fighting prowess. But this episode legit confused me after Manager Gwi's comments on how Wol-joo's mum might be watching over her. Boo, gonna just attribute it to the drama trying to throw some mystery elements in and keep us viewers guessing, coz I refuse to let my ship sink!

Also never thought there would be a potential love line between Kang-bae and Wol-joo. He has been calling her "Aunt-nim" since the start, so I don't think they would both see each other in a romantic light.

Which also then leads me to wonder why Manager Gwi did not get the Shower of Oblivion when he got reincarnated, seeing that he supposedly (or I assume from what the drama has shown us so far) retained his memories of his past life?

Quite randomly, the name "Won-young" got me confused with Manager Gwi (played by Choi Won-young) lol.

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The cutest thing about this serial is Kang-bae's calling Weol-joo "imonim." It's my favourite thing to be honest...

Yeomradaewang is super funny...I never thought she befriends with Samshin... :)

Like many others, I keep switching who's the reincarnation of Crown Prince. But my guess right now is still on Manager Gwi; while Kang-bae could be her mother... Kang-bae was also the one who found Weol-joo's hairpin given by her mother... But, we'll see....

I can't wait to see what Woo-young deal is...

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I am not sure about the one soul split in two idea for Kang-bae and Yeo-rin (I do not think it fits this universe) but it is very clear that they belong together- and that their connection must have a history, which we still have absolutely no clue about.

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I loved this episode! Laughed so much with the chickens and with Queen Yeomra's technological problems, hahahaha.
I'm in the "Manager Gwi is the Prince" team, and I won't accept anything else. Yes, I'm being totally biased.
I still don't know what's the connection between Kang Bae and Yeo Rin, but I know they belong together.
And I've seen enough saeguks to imagine the best friend (Won Young) is involved in some kind of conspiracy to dethrone the Prince.

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Queen Yeomra had started to compose a conciliatory text, but her phone chose that moment to run out of battery.

Again??
Kdrama phones 🙄
A cynic might think that real Korean phones are like that and that's why everyone gets phones that are made in China.

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I will always accept phones running out of battery at just the wrong time as a storytelling device - ever since the time I got back to my car miles from home in the dark only to discover I’d locked my keys in the car that morning and as soon as I tried to ring for help my battery died 😄 kdrama phones....they could happen to you!

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Yes it can happen. What I hate though are kdrama phones that are still working even after some time in storage ( or being buried under a house plant)..

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"Manager Gwi gets a great idea — since they have such good teamwork, they get to be reborn as a world-famous seven-member boy band called Breeze-Like Souls… or BLS, for short (awww, that makes my ARMY heart happy)."

Ah I squealed at this part! It made me so happy too!

Also, on another note, when they were talking to the chickens I was LOSING my mind. Absolutely hilarious. And the kiss! The kiss!!!! Lots of great moments in this episode.

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I like this series because it is lighthearted and humorous in a simple way even if so far Gangbae is in part the "obligatory" Jar-Jar style character, which is a pity, because I dislike Jar-Jar style characters as lazy scriptwriting; but fortunately the Gangbae character seems to be evolving away from being a comical fool.

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Did you guys know that there is another theory going around? People are saying that in the red scroll which made Wol-joo take her punishment unquestionably, there was a word 'Unborn child'. So it might be possible that Wol-joo was pregnant when she went away and that child has reborn as Kang bae!........................I have no idea about this theory but it surely fun to speculate things.

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I like this theory too, basically the more ideas the better for me! I’m sure they’re going to fit together somehow but no idea how it will be.

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It is an interesting theory, but in the context of the afterlife world, would not such a child be waiting for their parents' soul's return at the day care center and not be reborn?
Both Wol-joo and Won-young show us that spirits can survive 500 years on earth without going to the afterlife. It is also possible that the Crown Prince has not been reincarnated into another character but is wandering the Earth trying to find Wol-joo.

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Thanks for the recap!

My very important takeaway from this episode is that Kang-bae wears too much lipstick 😄

Otherwise, funny episode (and cute!). I always enjoy seeing the afterlife depicted as a huge bureaucracy, it was one of my favourite things about Goblin. I like the idea of the Shower of Oblivion - there’s a similar idea in Greek mythology about a river in the underworld that once you’ve swum in it you forget your past life (presumably this is a common idea in many cultures).

I always want to see more Kang-bae and Yeo-rin, in particular Yeo-rin is mysterious to me. I like the idea of the split soul, but I also like the idea of them having last two grudges Woljoo needs to resolve.

I have no idea what is going with evil spirit - I’m kind of expecting him to be bitter at the Crown Prince because he also loved Woljoo and she died, but also would not be surprised if this show pulled out something a lot more surprising. (So, I would be surprised at the surprising thing, but not that there WAS a surprising thing. I’ve written surprise too many times and it’s starting to look weird 😅)

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Oh, ML usually wear too much lipstick!

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The King-bae wearing too much lipstick is, probably, why many think that he is the reincarnation of her mother, not the prince. LOl

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that kiss was as awkward and adorable as the two of them.

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"....fixated on Kang-bae’s pretty lips" Same here! Don't let the lipgloss go to waste! Everytime a new episode starts and there is that small bit of advertisement for some product Yook Sung Jae seems to be the testimonial of, I exclaim "Oh, he is sooo pretty!"
I loved the chicken talk... and I want to give a shout out to Manager Gwi's strong apron game. This week there was a variety of trendy aprons that I would snatch in a second if I had some onions to peel.

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Some people are saying that in the last shot, its Won Young who has shape shifted to Chief Yeom.. just like Manager Gwi's power, it may be right.
This show reminds me most of Arang and the Magistrate. I can picture Yoo Seung-ho as the Jade Emperor reacting to a text like that, maybe she called him old fogey! :P
This was my favourite episode so far, the reincarnation rules, chicken talk, and the dance competition were fun to watch!

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One of my favorite things (there's many) about this drama is how much fun the cast seems to be having. Their chemistry is great and during a lot of scenes their reactions seem genuine rather than overly acted.

I think Hwang Jung-eum and Choi Won-young have a lot of affection for Yook Sung-jae off-screen because it is portrayed so well on-screen.

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I like the idea that Kang-bae and Yeo-rin are one soul split into two. I'm on Kang-bae is mom and Manager Gwi is CP. If Manager Gwi is CP, then that would probably lessen Wol-joo's hate on him though for being there with her to complete her punishment.

This shows humor totally matches with mine. That chicken! Highlight! LOL

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Thank you for the recap! So many funny moments this episode. Queen Yeomra! The Chickens! And the reunion moment was so sweet <3 I love my found family moments.

The way Manager Gwi can be both a badass fighter and also fall for his own laxative sabotage and spend half the episode waging war on the toilet is truly amazing, I love it.

I'm gonna stick to Manager Gwi being the CP regardless of any and all evidence bc I'm stubborn. I also like the idea of Kang-bae being Mom reincarnated mostly because I want to see more of Wol-joo's mom. The split-soul theory is such a cool idea too and doesn't necessarily negate any of the other theories, I'm just not sure since we've not seen any evidence that souls can be divided in this universe.

As concerning as Won-young is, I'm more worried about that look of Chief Yeom's at the end. Not a good vibe there

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- Kang Bae missing Chief Gwi and Woljoo made me really tear up, (I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be Kang Bae in this episode when MPUB ends). I was super happy when the trio reunited.

- Chief Gwi talking to the chicken was hilarious plus the robot sound effect made it even more funnier. (For some reason, I kept picturing Harry Potter and Nagini at the beginning of the scene, but I ended up laughing out loud HAHAHA!)

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I am pretty sure no one notice: Does anyone realized the voice of Jade Emperor is in fact Yoo Jae-myung (Itaewon Class' notorious President of Jang-Ga)?

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