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Tale of the Nine Tailed: Episode 5

While our gumiho hero recuperates, our couple uses their rare break from life-threatening danger to get to know each other a little better and try to right some wrongs. Of course, that doesn’t mean doom isn’t impending. During their romantic interlude, our foxy antagonist continues his evil plotting. But apparently, even he has his limits when it comes to abuse, suggesting his heart may be closer to the surface than he lets on.

 
EPISODE 5: “I waited for you too”

Jia treats Yeon’s wounds at his place since he probably shouldn’t go to a hospital. She pops a strawberry candy in his mouth like her mom used to do for her when she’d get a shot. He asks her to keep talking, so she tells him about the time she spent in the pediatric mental health ward after saying her parents’ abductors were non-human.

Her doctor wouldn’t discharge her, so when she caught him pilfering medicine, she blackmailed him into letting her out. Pfft. Her uncle drove her home, but she didn’t want to go inside the empty home. (Wait, so her uncle sent her back to live alone as child? That can’t be legal.)

She sat on the stoop, taking comfort in the two fireflies that hovered around her. They felt like her parents. Yeon listens in silence, and we see in flashback that he’d watched little Jia playing with the fireflies from across the street.

After Jia dresses his wounds, she sits by his bedside as he sleeps. Yeon wakes in the morning and smiles lovingly at Jia’s sleeping form in the chair next to him.

We cut to a room plastered in talismans. The “baby” is now an elementary school aged boy studying advanced mathematics for some reason. We only see him from behind, but it looks like there are scales on his face… like a snake. It looks like we found the imoogi.

Yeon’s peaceful morning is brought to an abrupt halt when a hysterical Shin-joo arrives. He’s too tired to do more than wave dismissively and nod in response to Shin-joo and Jia’s questions as they both realize who the other is. Shin-joo is ecstatic (and emotional) that Yeon finally found Ah-eum’s reincarnation.

Jia reminds him she’s there, so he formally introduces himself as Yeon’s loyal servant since his guardian mountain spirit days. Now he’s Yeon’s bodyguard, doctor, and housekeeper. Jia marvels that he’s actually a gumiho and deceived her all this time.

Meanwhile, Rang shops and despondently overshares with the salesman about how nothing makes him happy. He seems to momentarily find his fun, though, when the salesman says his cheap watch is a keepsake from his dead father. Rang offers him a trade, interested to see his choice: his family keepsake for Rang’s incredibly expensive watch.

Shin-joo hovers and babies Yeon, blowing on his hot food. Yeon self-consciously looks over at Jia and insists he can do things himself … and proceeds to burns himself on his food. Ha. Shin-joo compliments Jia’s first aid skills and asks her to look after Yeon while he recovers over the next month.

Jia is incredulous as the vet says “the power of love” is the best medicine. Shin-joo is that family member that embarrasses and infantilizes you in front of your crush, making you as uncool as possible. Yeon tries to shoo him out, but the damage is done as Shin-joo manages to slip in that Jia shouldn’t forget Yeon’s favorite rubber duckies when he takes a bath. HA.

In Yoo-ri’s car, Rang is feeling broody and melancholic. He drops the salesman’s cheap watch out the window. Like him, that man now has lost what’s most precious to him.

At home, Yeon eats his beloved mint chocolate chip ice cream and looks like he’s even more smitten when Jia likes it too. Jia asks about Ah-eum, so Yeon explains how they met. In a flashback, Ah-eum pets his head and persistently asks questions in the face of Yeon’s grumpiness.

He’d displayed his awesome power by summoning thunder, telling her to get lost. Instead, she’d offered him a life of luxury if he’d serve her. HA! She’d left crying but came back later that day. Yeon totes his generous nature, claiming he let Ah-eum win in the end.

He’d had no idea what to do with the precocious, unintimidated child who pretty much did whatever she wanted. For years, he’d helped her learn archery at her insistence. Finally, she told him why: she was going to kill her father, the king. Oh, so that explains the entitlement.

Yeon tells Jia that there was an evil being masquerading as the king. The people called him the “earth dragon.” Jia realizes he’s talking about the imoogi.

Rang’s associate hires a nanny for the child and sends her up to give the kid his meal. I’m thinking she’s the meal. She enters the child’s room and freaks out when she sees the scales on his face and hand. The creepy child grabs her arm, and it seems to wither and die as she screams.

At Yeon’s, no matter how much Jia pesters him to tell her how Ah-eum died, he remains silent. He thinks of Taluipa’s warning that Jia could get hurt because of his obsession.

In the car, Yoo-ri self-consciously covers her scars – Shin-joo’s sympathy still bothers her. She tells Rang he looks at her with pity instead of lust. He advises her that Shin-joo can’t look at her like that without his eyes. (Because why be subtle when you can be extra.)

Rang hears yelping and urgently instructs Yoo-ri to stop. Three disgusting humans are using a dog as target practice for their pitching. The poor thing is in bad shape by the time Rang and Yoo-ri get there to put the humans in their place.

Yoo-ri takes out two of the men with some vicious hair comb clip action, while Rang painfully twists the other’s arm. They cover his head with a bag, indicating that they’re not nearly finished.

Yeon isn’t thrilled that Jia took him for a stroll to the morgue. Ha. But she needs to finish things with the ghosts, so he calls the girls out. They’re excited to see a fox, and he beckons them over. He raps them each on the head and tells the errant children not to bother humans, especially Jia.

Jia kneels down to ask their names and pulls up an article. Isn’t this them? In the funeral hall, their father reads the article that calls the girls neglected and says they fell off the balcony of their home which their father had been absent from for days.

Back at the junkyard with the animal abusers, Rang and Yoo-ri line the bound men up in front of the car crusher. Rang makes them pick a card to determine their fate. Yoo-ri claps excitedly when the first victim picks a “talent donation” card.

Rang is happy to hear their talent is baseball since he likes the sport. From now on, they’ll be donating that talent to him and will no longer be able to play. Rang instructs Yoo-ri to break each of the victims’ hands. She laughs delightedly as they beg for mercy.

At the funeral hall, Jia visits the girls’ father and says she’s a neighborhood friend. He shares that his brother usually looked after the kids while he was driving his truck, but on the day they died, his brother had an interview.

He’s stunned Jia knows he bought the girls cherries. They wouldn’t eat them because he was the one who bought them. Jia asks him to step out with her for a minute. Elsewhere, Yeon holds the uncle over the incinerator and asks if he molested the girls. The man cries that he drank too much and the girls fell while running from him.

He turns to see his brother who heard it all. Jia holds him back as he screams his brother is a beast and assures him the police are on their way. She consoles the distraught father, saying the girls didn’t eat the cherries because they treasured them. Yeon and Jia watch with tears in their eyes while the girls cry and hug their sobbing father who can’t see them.

At the junkyard, the rescued dog follows Rang out, wagging its tail. Yoo-ri observes it likes Rang and suggests taking it with them. We flash back to when a little Rang held his dying dog and cried in the ashes of the burnt mountain. He couldn’t bring himself to end its suffering and cried for Yeon, but there was no answer.

Yeon had entrusted him with that dog, and it had been his constant companion. Rang now thinks he never should’ve bonded with it. After Yeon left, he lost everything he held dear.

Rang remarks a dog’s lifespan is too short and leaves the injured dog behind. But Yoo-ri doesn’t agree and tells the dog to come along.

Yeon and Jia send the ghost girls off and turn to find the rest of the horde of children staring solemnly at them. Aw. Yeon sends them shuffling away and tells Jia they’re children who died long ago with no chance of righting wrongs against them.

To keep parents from holding onto their dead child, they used to bury kids in unmarked graves. He sighs that no matter the time period, a parent’s pain upon losing a child is the same. Jia smiles at him and says he seems different. She thanks him for everything.

It begins raining, so Yeon makes use of his sword umbrella to cover them and asks Jia whether she’s buying him food or alcohol to show her appreciation. He walks away, and Jia uses the “I lost my umbrella” trick to share his.

We get the romantic walk in the rain with shy smiles and giddiness. When Jia asks why he always carries the red umbrella around, Yeon shares that getting wet messes up his “fur.” Jia laughs that it’s like dogs who dislike baths. Jia notes that she caught him because of that umbrella, although he argues he let her.

Yoo-ri takes the injured dog to Shin-joo’s clinic and begrudgingly returns his necklace so he can ask the dog what happened. Shin-joo praises Yoo-ri for her dog thieving and begins treating the poor thing. Yoo-ri interestedly watches him as he works.

Elsewhere, Yeon is indignant that Jia hasn’t seen Toy Story 3 and calls it a kids’ movie. She prefers action and horror, like Mad Max and zombie movies. Although their tastes in entertainment differ, they share a love for Korean food and toast to having few friends. Pfft.

After some drinks, Jia asks what his dreams are. Yeon already has a luxurious life with access to all he wants. But, he admits, his unattainable dream is to be human. Jia thinks he’s lucky and goes on a rant about the difficulties of average people’s lives. He offers to eliminate her broadcasting station if it’s giving her a hard time. Heh.

Jia’s only dream is to be with her parents. Yeon stares at her for a minute and then asks her to send a photo of them to him.

On the walk home, Jia blames her drunken stumbling on how dark it is and asks Yeon to magically turn on the streetlights. He tells her to submit a request with the district. Heh.

At her gate, they’re reluctant to part. As Jia heads inside, two fireflies hover around her, and she realizes the fireflies when she was little were Yeon’s doing. Yeon watches her from a distance with a smile.

At Jia’s office, Jae-hwan notices an interesting write-in about a missing mother who recently took on a babysitting job. Ah, is that the nanny that might’ve been eaten?

Over at the Afterlife Immigration Office, Hyun Eui-ong is giving a presentation to the little girl ghosts about how they’ll be building a stone pile (that might get pushed over by goblins) in children’s hell. They can be reincarnated if they succeed in building the stone pile.

The girls are scared to go to hell, but he assures them it’ll be just like building with toy blocks. Pfft. When the younger one wants to bring her toys, Hyun Eui-ong looks to Taluipa in silent supplication, but she denies the request.

Their little faces light up to see Yeon walk in. He chides Taluipa for being too inflexible and secretly slips the toy into the older girl’s hand, telling her to take care of her little sister.

Yeon finds Taluipa’s upholding of a “children’s hell” too much; they already died young. She claims it’s to help them reincarnate faster, but Yeon thinks the whole system needs to change, starting with King Yeomra. She threatens to rip out Yeon’s tongue for his disrespect which he finds unnecessarily primitive.

Yeon tries to butter her up with some coffee and works to convince her to use her seeing power to find Jia’s parents. The problem is she can’t see them, meaning they’re neither in the human nor spirit world. Taluipa advises him to ask the ones who took them.

At work, Jia’s team heads out and runs into the station’s CEO. It’s Rang’s associate who’s raising the imoogi! He greets Jia warmly and compliments her on her show’s high ratings.

Elsewhere, Yeon approaches the seemingly drunk, homeless man who Jia piggybacked that time. He’s the village guardian spirit Old Man Jangseung who guards Fox Ridge. Yeon smacks him around a bit until he divulges that someone called “the Magistrate” knows about Jia’s parents. Yeon doesn’t look pleased at that news.

Over lunch, Team Leader Choi questions Jia about why the CEO is so friendly with her. Her secret? Don’t be intimidated. Team Leader Choi sputters about how it’s not his fault he cowers.

Sae-rom gasps at the handsomeness when she spots Yeon through the café window. Jia stares in shock and tries to look inconspicuous. Yeon doesn’t and strides right up to her, telling her to come with him. He drags her off while her colleagues gape.

As they listen to the special playlist Yeon made to suit Jia’s tastes, they head to get info on her parents. Meanwhile, Rang dangles Old Man Jangseung over a building. He asks about a mythical object: a tiger’s eyebrow. Old Man Jangseung first claims he hasn’t seen it but seems to change his tune after some coercion.

Jia and Yeon walk through a living history museum – Bukchon Hanok Village, perhaps? – and he goes off to check things out. (Are they looking for “the Magistrate?”) When Yeon comes back, Jia is nowhere to be seen. He wanders around and spots her up ahead wearing a hanbok. He follows her onto a bridge and makes his way toward her.

He stares intently at Jia in the hanbok, struck by memories of Ah-eum. Jia smiles and says she’s been looking for him. Overcome with emotion, Yeon rushes forward and kisses her.

 
COMMENTS

So much for just watching her live a full life. I’m guessing this will cause some complications. Taluipa has repeatedly warned that both Yeon and Jia will suffer if their fates are intertwined again. I feel like that’s something Jia should know before starting anything with Yeon. It’s not fair to her if she has no idea what she’s risking. I suspect Yeon just got caught up in the moment and may try to walk it back later, but they’ve already become too emotionally dependent on each other to keep their distance.

Something about this romance isn’t fully working for me. It still feels oddly paced. I’d have preferred for Yeon to figure out who Jia is later in the game and for them to have taken more time to build trust and comradery first. Having them start out as almost enemies was an interesting premise, and I wish that had been utilized more. I’m hoping it’ll convince me more as we go along, but as it stands, I’m just not feeling it. Part of the problem might be that, although we saw a little more this episode, I don’t know Ah-eum enough to connect with that past love story. Yeon’s eternal love is based on his relationship with Ah-eum, but I really only know they were in love because of some montages and the fact that everyone keeps saying so. If they’re going to lean into the reincarnation angle for the romance, I need to feel invested in the backstory to buy the current story. Also, was it really necessary to have Ah-eum be a child when they met? I can’t help but be a little creeped out that a thousand-year-old mystical creature fell for a girl he’d watched grow up.

We got to see a softer side of both brothers this hour thanks to the little ghost girls and the abused dog. From what we’ve seen, Yeon has a soft spot for kids in general. He was definitely more affected by the girls’ suffering than he has been for the suffering of others (besides Jia). As for Rang, seeing him rescue and avenge the dog was the one time his cruelty was pretty cathartic and warranted. I think the brothers are more similar than they’d admit. They’re both sensitive when it comes to the abuse of the powerless and are disillusioned with people, but Rang is so extra about it. He’s ridiculously dramatic about everything, which could be endearing were he not expressing it through violence and mayhem. He just has so many feelings. I didn’t realize he was that young when everything went down with Yeon. It’s impossible to know exactly how young since we haven’t been told at what rate gumihos age, but he was clearly a child by gumiho standards. No wonder all of that messed him up so badly.

This episode was more character driven, so we didn’t get a whole lot of plot movement. We did learn some important details like that the no-longer-a-baby is the imoogi and that it masqueraded as the king in the past. Does that mean imoogis in this universe typically take on the guise of a human? He’s aging super fast, so it should only be a matter of time before Rang’s plan to recreate the past is put into action. I’m guessing he’s put Yoo-ri and the CEO of Jia’s station in their orbit to ensure Yeon and Jia are positioned where he wants them. Rang has been a busy little schemer. I wonder if he had anything to do with whatever is going on with Jia’s parents. Someone went to a lot of effort with them, keeping them somewhere outside the lands of the dead and living for 20-odd years. Where could they have been taken, and why not just kill them? If they’re not dead, I’m assuming it’s because someone has a use for them.

Shin-joo and Yoo-ri seem to be getting their own little romance side plot. I’m glad we’re developing them more, but I’m not yet sure how I feel about them together. She’s pretty unhinged, but I do think Rang plays into that and draws it out. Shin-joo, on the other hand, could be a stabilizing force for her. She seems moved by his compassion, and the fact that she took the dog to get treated made me like her a bit more. With Shin-joo’s help, maybe she could even find something other than torture to be gleeful about.

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Yes the romance feels kind of weirdly paced here, but I discovered in this episode I don't mind it that much. I am normally pretty bored with cotton-candy filler scenes, but these two I find so cute! Don't know why. I'm just waiting for a scene where LDW's tails pop up (preferably all fluffy) and wrap protectively around Ji Ah. <3
Oh, and Rang is <3 <3 <3

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Protective tail? Like Tom Ellis’ wings on Lucifer?

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Nice comparison! :)

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He tells her to submit a request with the district.

Where's Nana / Koo Se-ra when we need her?

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We need our Garden Tiger Moth

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But, he admits, his unattainable dream is to be human. Jia thinks he’s lucky and goes on a rant about the difficulties of average people’s lives.

Now!? He wants to be human NOW!!? In 2020!??? He's lucky that really is unattainable. Although since he has mentioned it, the laws of kdramaland almost require that he attain it along about day 16.

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My thoughts exactly

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My initial response when watching this was "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!". This episode took a sharp turn into cheesy territory for me. It pains me because I see the potential and really want this show to do well, but this episode got really close to breaking my immersion in the story. It makes me more apprehensive that further down the line, I may end up laughing at the show instead of with it.

I am fairly lactose intolerant to cheesy stories (especially romances) in general, but I am also a cheese fan when it's used judiciously. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this drama is going to be one of those latter instances. The cast is doing well with what they've been given but I really hope the writing maintains its wit and does a better job in addressing the loopholes in the episodes to come.

Some things which made me go 'huh?':
- the developing romance between Yeon and Jia felt a bit clumsy, like the writer is trying to push them together in a rush. Which is a pity because I think LDW and JBA have good chemistry between them.
- the totem pole guy getting beaten up by Yeon for information. There's no justification for it.
- Jia getting distracted in the living museum from the mission of finding Satto, puts on a hanbok and goes wandering around the village. Wut?
- the museum visit turning to a semi-date between the OTP. Wut again? Why are they playing peekaboo with the curtains on the bridge? Now's not the time for slow motion shots and romantic music with Yeon's red hair blowing majestically in the wind.

Things I enjoyed:
- Shin-joo the devoted manservant is a hoot to watch.
- the scenes between Shin-joo and Yoo-ri. Their on-screen chemistry is so good.
- Rang's character in general. Kim Bum is having a blast with this.
- Yeon's nonchalance to everything.
- the general development of the supernatural side of the plot.

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The "peekaboo slow motions shots with Yeon's red hair blowing majestically in the wind" cracked me up, but... if that's what the show sell, what can I say, I'm buying it ><

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@meowingme Don't get me wrong, I'm totally on board with LDW as Yeon. The wavy red hair against his strong features and fair smooth skin is slay-worthy (especially when he lifts one eyebrow while holding a steady gaze). I think LDW fits the character so well, visually as well as how he's playing the role. Even the way how he stands with a slouch and his hands in his pockets. Reminds me a lot of how the typical Japanese male anime lead tends to be written.

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So Im not the only one who's getting a Japanese male anime lead vibes from Yeon XD

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@reijeanne Yeon/LDW is the epitome of Japanese male anime lead. He's just so cool in this. Also, the show's animated opening sequence could work just as well for the opening sequence for a Japanese anime, so I got the anime vibes from the start :)

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I also wondered why Jia decided to change into a hanbok when Yeon clearly told her "wait for me here". And even if she changed, why didn't she go back to the place she was supposed to be waiting and instead decided to wander around the town? Well, I guess we all know, it was because that kiss scene was planned.

Regarding Yeon beating the totem pole guy, it was ok for me. I mean he's a gumiho, he was a former god and he's used to have answers and when he doesn't he menaces and beats people. That's what supernatural beings do. He's not so different from Rang. In fact they are so alike...

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@eazal Re: hanbok scene. I know what you mean. If the laws of K-drama dictate an OTP kiss is in order, who cares if logic gets bent. Sigh. I'm not against it, but it's like randomly inserting a cymbal crash into any part of a music score. It would carry so much more meaning if used at the right time and place.

Re: totem pole guy, I guess for me, the reason why it didn't seem right is because it seems out of character for how the show has presented Yeon so far. So far he's only fought/hurt/killed people/entities who were trying to hurt him (or Jia). Beating up an elderly supernatural spirit is a bit over the top. Rang got his info through threats (not that's much better) and didn't leave the elderly spirit with a bloodied nose.

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I think Yeon is the older spirit, but it was a really weird visual since it really looks like Yeon went out and beat up an old man. And that the totem pole guy is a neutral party, too.

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The hanbok change was too contrived. I could understand it if he had kept her waiting too long and she was tired of waiting, but she went into that hanbok store like 10 seconds after Yeon left and then wandered away. Just because he's a gumiho and can track you down wherever doesn't mean it isn't oddly rude.

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@asianromance Yes! Jia's usually so focused on her goal, but this scene made it seem like she had the attention of a goldfish.

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Quite honestly, when I saw that scene I was pretty sure she did it on purpose to test Yeon.

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@undercovergumiho True, that is a possibility, but it seems out of the blue to me. Especially when it's followed by the bridge scene when she's surprised by the kiss.

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I think she did it as test/joke but didn’t anticipate the deep effect it would have.

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Uuu, I also like the development of the supernatural side of the plot! It is actually way more interesting than I expected, But since this is a Kdrama, I am wary and I really hope this show doesn't take the Hwayugi route and deflates all promising expectation baloons of Defeating the Supernatural Big Bad in a totally idiotic manner.

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@turka Same here. I hope this show stays a steady course.

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If all else fails, I hope the Shin-joo x Yuri ship sails.

I think Rang might just be another pawn instead of the master schemer. Me thinks the Imoogi's assistant is the one pulling all the strings here.

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Shin-joo is subtly wooing her already; “I didn’t like the necklace thief, but I like the dog thief” sounds like one smooth pickup line!

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And I like how he's quirky and hyper with everyone else but becomes calm and mature with her. Aww.

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Double awww from my side

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OMG!! I'm so glad to see more Shin-joo fans out there! His backstory (He seems like the tiger reincarnated) should be interesting. But really, I find his character super charming/lovable. I love his quirky antics and quibbles, but I also love that he's love struck by her too. I hope their ship sails, and we see more of him!!

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I sure hope they will be successful, their partnership may just be the wildcard needed for Yeon to gain an edge.
Rang is looking more like a pawn now. He does owe that minister his life so he will be definitely at his beck and call.

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Color me surprised when Imoogi's foster father appears as Ji-ah's big boss, yikes, that's way too close for comfort!

My heart breaks for little Rang and his puppy T_T Really thinks a big part of his anger is his immense guilt for being unable to protect his puppy and the forest, hence it's easier to blame everything on Yeon. Wonder how long Yeon was held in Underworld and how many years was it until the brothers meet again? Rang grew up in misery and violence and the first thing Yeon did was cut him down, uh, like, he couldn't at least have one looong talk with li'l bro before getting that sword out..?

The romance works for me so far, actually thinks it makes more sense for Yeon to fall for Ah-eum because he's spent years and years with her, which somehow I doubt would happen if he met her as an adult. As for him falling for Ji-ah, well, the only worry for me is if they get together this quick, separation angst is definitely looming somewhere...

Am so mad at how things work for the ghostly sisters, thought at least they'd get some comfort after their earthly pain and all that's waiting for them is slavery? What kind of rule is that? That Underworld system reformation needs to happen ASAP!

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When the imoogi assistant appeared as Jia's boss, I was like ' run away girl' it really was too close for comfort

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They should call the Underworld people from Mystic Pop Up Bar. They've upgraded a long time ago and have high tech facilities and gadgets. The Grim Reapers even have tablets, they have a sportsfest for lottery numbers, and a facility dedicated for orphans.

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I like this crossover!

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Mystic pop up bar after life office has recruited apple eating computer wiz. Gumiho office should follow their strategy.

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So the girls could instead be given a tablet to play Tetris and get reincarnated when they manage to reach a certain score ><

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Taluipa probably isn't well-liked in the Underworld that's why her department gets the short end of the stick in budgeting decisions xD

Ah, office politics.

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🤣🤣🤣

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When we learned who the CEO was, I was like OMG! This is a long term scheme! This has been planning for so long!

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Totally! A villain with that kind of patience is definitely scary...

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Yeah the sisters were sentenced to hell for breaking the hearts of their parents with their dying. That's a messed up reason. And I don't get how going through that hell will make them reincarnate faster? Couldn't you just reincarnate them?

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I am enjoying this. Much more than I should perhaps and I keep waiting for a new episode. And that’s a good sign :)

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I think my main problem with this show is it's pacing. It has all the elements, all characters have amazing chemistry but the pacing is failing them. Also my Shin Joo- Yoo Ri ship needs to sail you guys. The progression of Yeon and Jia's relationship is a bit off bit they LDW and JBA have great chemistry which more that makes up for it. Also my god did j feel bad for baby Rang. Also those three boys really got what they deserved. Hope they are miserable

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I know the romance felt a bit rushed, but even so, I'm ok with it. Let's not call it romance, but attraction. I know this is dramaland, but in real life, two people in their thirties who met and feel attraction for each other would be were Yeon and Jia are in a shorter time (hey, it's happened to me!!). So I'm buying their feelings. Don't call them love if you want, call it something else. But it's there.

I still get distracted by foxes, what can I say. The way Yeon looks at Jia makes me melt. The way Rang defended that puppy was a bit creepy in terms of hurting people (who clearly deserved a punishment), but I could feel his pain. They are so alike, and the bound between them is so deep, even when they are both denying it (or is it only Rang?).

I also love ShinJoo and Yoori together, he's so concerned about her and she doesn't know how to act when he behaves like that, probably because she never had someone like him in her life, or it was so long ago that she can't remember.

I also love the sense of humour (rubber duckies, ha!), the creepy imoogi boy (he definitely ate the lady) and the path that the show is taking. All signs so far indicate that there's not a happy ending around. I foresee more than one of our lead characters die, we've been told so many times that Jia and Yeon shouldn't cross path again... Fate is all.

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"I still get distracted by foxes", ha! Me too!

I like your take on the attraction and the "call it something else" at their age. Now I feel old... but still, after thousands of years of waiting, I feel you, Yeon, I do. And I can't (and won't) blame Jia, either. There is the foxiest fox of them all dangling before her like a low hanging fruit. This feels very relatable.

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I mean, I'm not made of stone. If I had that gorgeous man around giving those gazes, I wouldn't care what he was thinking when he kissed me. Right now it's not love of the kind "let's get married and live together forever". There are many ways attraction can manifest, and many of the have NOTHING to do with romantic love.

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I find YooRi and Shin Joo complement each other really well. They can balance each other and may just work. Yes she is unhinged but Shin Joo may help bring out the good in her.

Yeon and Jia is progressing really quickly that I am afraid something will break them up soon.

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This episode was filled with more of our main couples interaction then crime solving which I didn’t mind.

It’s clear Lee Yeon is having a hard time controlling his feelings hence that spontaneous kiss but if I was Ji ah I would feel upset that the only reason he even likes her right now is for her connection to his past lover. Either way that’s something the either of them have to come to terms with.

I just adore the small gazes and smiles they make at each other which oozes natural chemistry, that it would have been better if they kept going at this pace without having a sudden burst of confession that would feel out of place. Jia is also falling or should I say becoming dependent on him that it’s a matter of time before she also forms an attachment with our resident gumiho that will become hard to break.
Again, I adore their scenes as it is, such as the umbrella scene, but I know that in the next couple of episodes they’ll probably speed up the romance to get to the story and the dreaded angst.

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This: "I just adore the small gazes and smiles they make at each other which oozes natural chemistry". It's a very large part of what is making this pair so much fun to watch!

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"You don't have many friends do you?"
*looks down like the sad puppy he is*
"Me either!!!!!"
*clink!*

Dorks.

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This was fantastic! Let's cheer up that we suck at social interacting!

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A toast to dork-dom!

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The romance is borderline creepy. Why when he isa asked the 1st memory of his 1st love he recall her a kid? 🤨 Can we have adult - adult romance in mythology story like this?

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Ugh yeah. Other things interest me here that's why I am still watching.

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I mean they can make it is less creepy like Yeon starts to remember Jia in this crystal clear memories when he got this moment of revelation that he falls in love in Jia when she's already grown up adult, memories before that just become blurry. Aren't we are like that when we are falling love? Ha ha ha ha.......

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I'm really icked out by the age gap between them in the flashbacks, too. I wish dramas would stop doing that.
I actually don't mind how fast things are moving the the present time line but those flashbacks to when she was a literal child... YUCK.

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Lol, Goblin had the same issue too. Only there, the power dynamic was a high school vs. a full grown ass woman in TOTNT. Still, though what's up with these young school girl obsessions in K-drama romance land? Cringe lol.

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I was squicked out by the age gap in Goblin, too 🤢
Like, an age gap is not always immoral but kdramas tend to romanticize it so much.

Also, if it's a noona romance the age gap is usually presented as an obstacle to be overcome and the heroine is usually initially uncomfortable because of it... meanwhile the immortal male heroes are all like "aw what a cute kid, I'll allow her to date me bc I'm gracious like that 😌"

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OMG your last sentence 🙈 I dont mind huge age gap as long as they are consenting adult (uee and Lee Seojin in Marriage Contract or Lee taeri & Lee byunghun in Mr. Sunshine), but big no for adult and kid or underage teenage.
I dont know why they think Yeon remembers his 1st love as Jia/Aheum when she's still kid is romantic?? 😐

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We knew from the start when Yeon said he just wants to see A-Eum being happy was a lie... He can't just watch her from afar. The issue is that Jia deserves to be loved for herself and not because she's the reincarnation of his past love.

For a very old and powerful thing, I found Yeon pretty bad at asking the good questions or very naive... He only thinks about what is under his nose. I don't know if it's just because he doesn't care about anything anymore or he's just not so smart :p

Yoo-Ri and Shin-Joo are cute together. If Rang doesn't torture her, he doesn't really care about her and uses her. Shin-Joo really cares about her and I'm pretty sure that his warmness is touching her.

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The interactions between Yeon and Ji-a are natural but events that bring up those interactions seem contrived and what’s up with drama writers’ fascination with relationship between centuries old powerful supernatural beings and underage girls?
I am not fan of this afterlife office as well, I am rather fond of Mystic pop bar after life office. Is it because they have got the apple-eating computer wiz?

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Thank you for the recap! I somehow got stuck on the understanding that those girls were indeed molested by their uncle, which really turned the scene about them having to go to children's hell a lot more uncomfortable than it did anyway.
As @eazal mentioned, I too get distracted by foxes and their pretty fur. And I don't know how to describe my feelings on the "dressing of the wounds" scene. Do foxes purr?

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I was trying to gauge Jo Boa's feeling while doing it. When they start to zoom in Lee Dongwook torso......
When I see something so pretty I either want to touch it or keep staring at it.

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OMG the children's hell bit was terrible! Their supposed sin was "breaking their parents' hearts" like... wtf. I wonder what their uncle's sentence will be when his time comes. Shouldn't it be he who "broke the girls' parents' hearts"? (Not to mention the pain he caused the girls!)

I am thinking that this plot point served to set up the deities in this universe as unfair, cruel and unrelenting - so I am assuming that later the couple will be separated/tortured/whatever for a really unfair reason. Not looking forward to that.

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Just found about this yesterday and binged it until episode 5, and have to say I really love it. Then again, I'm a sucker for supernatural romance drama, the last one I remember watching being Gu Family Book a long time ago.

I will be honest here and say I don't mind Jia and Yeon's relationship, just maybe the pacing is a tad bit too fast, and even then it can be reasoned, kinda. Like both admitted proudly, both never have that many friends, and knowing Yeon and his one thousand years old longing, his emotion isn't really the most stable around right now when it's something regarding Jia (would explain why he beats up the one-eyed old man). Jia meanwhile, I have the feeling she has been feeling alone for a long time, so add someone who she can be truly truly herself around, understands and cares about her, handsome to boot, and probably even have a childhood crush on, and you can see why she falls so damn fast on Yeon. Is it logical? No. Is it healthy? I don't think so. But then again, love is oft times neither logical nor healthy.

And back to the brothers' treatment on the old man, Yeon's emotion and mental state is unstable because, hey, he is reuniting with his 'long lost love' and has a chance to fulfill a dream of hers. In the words of the kids nowadays, no wonder he 'simps' so hard for her, even if to a bit unhealthy and irrational degree. Rang meanwhile, has been emotionally and mentally unstable for a long time now, so I guess his instability has stabilised (forgive the dad pun).

On the topic of the age gap... yeah, it is creepy, I will admit, but when you have a love story between a supernatural being and a mortal, having very wide age gap is the norm rather than the exception. So... take comfort in the fact that at least both are adults with consent? *nervous laugh* (I didn't forget that Yeon's fascination with Jia is based on his obsession with Ah-Eum, but we still have time to see how he will reconcile the two different yet similar existence in his mind).

P.S. Shin-Joo x Yoo-Ri romance is the 'healthiest' I have seen in this drama and I ship them so hard.

P.P.S Imo Taluipa isn't evil as much as she is just... old. She is at least 2000 years old and we all know how old people are. "Old ways this" and "old ways that", they might have good intentions, but it's overshadowed by their persistence to stick to outdated traditions because they don't want to get out of their comfort zones.

Sorry for the rant. It is over now...

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I really didn't want Jia to be Ah-eum. I thought the story potential would of been greater if she turned out to be the Imoogi and that Ah-eum got reincarnated with a different face. But this is a Kdrama, so you have to go with the simplest route for things.

I like K-dramas alot, I'm on this site, but sometimes it's like cmon man. I can see the more interesting story, just do it.

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Thanks for recapping. I feel like this romance has been torpedoed by the plot. Generally, I'm not one to harp on chemistry, and don't find friend chemistry without a lot of romantic tension to be a problem in a well written love story, because that's the way it is in real life sometimes, and there's nothing wrong with that dynamic between couples. I remember a lot of folks weren't feeling the chemistry between Man-wol and Chan-seong in Hotel del Luna, but I was fine with it. The plot developed their affection for each other in a natural way, and by the end I truly believed they were fated partners who would be together in their next lives.

But here? There just isn't enough of a plot to explain why these two are drawn to each other, so this is the kind of thing where the chemistry has to be so magnetic, it bypasses all of the reasons why the relationship shouldn't work (I'm thinking Jung So-min and Seo In-guk in Hundred Million Stars). But in the absence of a compelling love story, these two are just walking around making pop culture references and staring at each other. And because the plot is so thin I can see the work of two actors who like and respect each other trying their darndest to look at each other with some kind of romantic interest. But I can only see the work, and not the interest. So all these moments that are supposed to cute have felt tedious for me. And I feel like the romance had more potential when Jia was focused on her own concerns and Yeon was along for the ride.

Because, ultimately, it was Jia who hooked me in eps 1 and 2. I really liked her ballsy and tough but
human character, grounded in her own narrative. Yeon is fine, but (for me) he's better as a supporting character to stronger lead. I find his story (and personality) to be the least compelling of all our main leads, and the fact that he's so central right now is really hamstringing the narrative for me. I want the show where Jia, her present life, her job as a director, her backstory, how she's coped all these years, her passions, personal relationships from the past etc. are the anchor for this show, and the romance is a smaller part. Because right now she's being sucked into Yeon's orbit and I find that to be a snoozefest.

And I'm also kind of annoyed by the fact that I find the chemistry between Jia and Rang to be light-years more interesting. I love the fact that she's still herself around him. She's tough, take charge, unfazed, unimpressed, and kind of dominant around him. She sees straight through him, and she genuinely isn't afraid of what she sees. And he's aware of that, and it seems to pierce his boredom in an interesting way. And it's annoying because, apart from the fact that the actors' chemistry feels more sparky, the plot points also make them more fascinating as a concept. And I'm the type who usually despises the bad boy romance trope, in all of it's often misogynistic iterations. I like romances where the women...

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(cont'd) women hold their own power and the men in their lives don't compromise that. But I feel like that would still be the vibe in a relationship like this, because Jia would be no nonsense with him and wouldn't back down, and Rang would be kind of disarmed and into it, and it would be fun to watch him be swept of his feet. Not to mention, subplot-wise, the fact that Jia is carrying an ancient evil inside of her, could cause a really interesting conflict for both of them. Would he be drawn to that power, would he try to use it? Because of what happened to her parents, would she be interested in harnessing that power for herself? Would he be a convenient method for learning about it? Would they start out using each other, and have it grow into something else? Would he reach the point where she became more important to him than that ancient evil? Would she start to feel the similarities caused by the fact that they were both left to fend for themselves as children? Not to mention, he's a half human, who likely despises that part of himself, and she's a human, inhabited by something supernatural...Oh, the possibilities!

But alas, I'm clearly writing a fanfiction at this point, and I really dislike it when a show hooks me on potential, and there are flashes of a truly compelling plot elements, but the story sticks to the most sleep inducing ones. But anyway, I know a lot of people are really feeling this story and it's romance and that's awesome. But I'm out here waiting for something (anything!) interesting to happen. Sigh.

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I also feel like the romance is oddly paced and putting in contrived situations to generate that romantic tension doesn't help. Like Ji-ah and Yeon are perfectly enjoyable to watch when they're just bantering and hanging out solving mysteries. I found myself uninvested during the first part of the episode when Ji-ah is taking care of Yeon and talking about his past.

Also, why were the sister ghosts so sinister and murderous in episode 4. But they were like normal girls in this episode? An punishment for 2 attempted murders is just two bops on the head?

I'm all in for Shin-joo's romance. He's also more husband material. At least, Shin-joo knows how to wash his own underwear and change a lightbulb.I guess Yeon is so rich, he can have servants do that sort of stuff for eternity.

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Exactly. I felt like entering the screen and beating the two sisters. After all their antics in the previous episode that almost didn't make me sleep, then the next episode, they are shown as normal girls 🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦

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I wonder why they went after Ji-Ah like that instead of shoving their molest-y uncle off a building.

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Honestly it's weird that the story with the molest-y uncle was a throw away line...um WTH??

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The romance aspect will work fully if they saw the ML falling for the FL's present self, and falling in love with her regular persona and not her past self just b/c she was his first life back then. That's falling in love with the idea of a person and not them, that's obsession not love.

Shin-joo is my favorite character in this show ever since I saw him be all "Dr. Dolittle" in Ep 1. What can I say, I love a guy who loves animals! I lol'ed hard when he was telling all of his friend's habits, and their interaction together is hilarious. Also the actor Hwang Hee is also quite attractive too. I love how he warms up when he encounters Yu-ri, aww indeed.

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I know some people are bothered by their romance but it makes sense. They have been through some pretty intense moments together and that can foster feelings of attraction. Also I think that Yoon will come to like jiah for her self rather then his past love. She has even told him that she is not a shadow of his past and that he not be influence by a dead woman who she doesn’t know. So that fact I think will influence him. It may have stated because she looked like his past but I think it will develop in a way that is wholly jiah. I am also feeling sympathy for Rang. The bothers really care
About each other (which will be interesting to discuss in the next ep recap) but Rang has so much anger and that anger manifests as violence. He still deeply loves his brother but feel betrayed and hurt and doesn’t like that he still cares. Mabey he wants an apology? I mean if someone you thought would be there for you tried kill you, orders or not, after they abandoned you, I would be pretty angry too. And being long lived he would have time to nurse that hurt like poking a wound So it never heals.

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I have to get this out here, the editing in this show in Viki is god awful. I assume b/c in Korea, its split so there are times when a scene plays again and then goes into the action.

Anyways, the romance aspect is my least favorite but its not something I hate either. The aspects that I do love about this show is the dry humor, I find myself chuckling at some parts lol. Very tongue in cheek! The scene where the guy tells the dead girls that they'll have to go to children's hell haha. The horror elements in the show as well, those elements, the dry humor, and the supporting cast are what makes this show campy fun for me!

Also can I just say I love Lee Rang, he can be a d!ck at times but also a secret softie too. That poor doggie :( Again, my heart-eyes to Shin Joo Aww, I love his role here. A perfect companion, and a kind and well humored person to humans and animals. I hope we can get more scenes of him, and now with his burgeoning romance with the Russian Fox too.

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Totally agree @ being creeped out with falling in love after watching her grow up! Thank you for saying it! I had the same problem with Goblin. Always made me feel uneasy and kept me from really getting into the love story.

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I'm also disappointed with the pacing, I thought it was interesting how disinterested they were with each other in the beginning. Three episodes in and they're spending all of their time together. They both like each other too much too early. And I don't understand how the reincarnation works, Ji Ah clearly doesn't have any memories of the past life. So is it just like...her spirit? I was hoping the fox bead scene was a dream or something, it was only the fourth episode

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