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Tale of the Nine Tailed: Episode 7

Our lead’s recent discovery about his lady love sends him into protective mode. He sticks to her side like glue, afraid to leave her vulnerable. Although he hopes to keep her blissfully unaware of her reality, not everyone wants her to remain in the dark. As she’s pulled deeper into the web of the past, our heroine draws closer to the truth and will have to decide what it means for her future.

 
EPISODE 7: “The Trap of the Cycle of Death and Rebirth”

Jia wakes up from her dream meeting with the imoogi boy, incognizant of the scales that briefly appear on the back of her neck. Elsewhere, Taluipa tells Yeon that a fragment of the imoogi is on Jia’s body. He’s horrified to hear that his fox bead disappeared, allowing something in Jia to awaken.

He cries as he says it took 600 years for her to be reincarnated, and all Jia wants is to live a normal life with her family. Yeon is angered when Taluipa passes it off as Jia’s fate, and he surmises that she’s known all along. That’s why she didn’t want them to meet.

The price Yeon has been paying these 600 years feels worthless, and he demands Taluipa repay him. The glass in the room shatters as Yeon advances on Taluipa. She stills the shards with a wave of her hand and ends their standoff when Hyun Eui-ong intervenes. Before Taluipa throws him out, Yeon vows to destroy every world if Jia’s life is shortened.

At the mansion, the imoogi boy tells the CEO that he felt like crying when he saw Jia in his dream. He came after all these years just to meet her. The boy knows the CEO finds him strange now, but he counters that he’s changed along with the world. The CEO worries about him being discovered, but the imoogi is hoping for it.

Hyun Eui-ong comforts Yeon, saying Taluipa loves him like a son no matter how harsh she is. He counsels Yeon not to play with fire and just keep living, but Yeon isn’t willing to stand by while Jia gets hurt. Hyun Eui-ong cautions that one of them will die if Yeon gets involved.

Yeon stubbornly claims that he’ll make sure Jia doesn’t die; he promised her she’d live a normal life. He walks through the city, watching families play and thinking of how much Jia longs for her parents. He ends up at her place.

Jia admits she traded the fox bead, and Yeon struggles to stay calm in the face of her nonchalance. She forthrightly confesses she didn’t have the confidence to lose him. Jia is hesitant when he wants to stay at her place, but she gives in when he suggests it’ll put him less at risk of having to go save her.

Yeon stills when she tells him about meeting a boy in her dream. At first, she was afraid, but then she felt glad to see him. It was like meeting an old acquaintance.

Meanwhile, Rang drinks away his feelings upon hearing the fortune teller proclaim Yeon is his most precious thing. Yoo-ri joins him and marvels at the tiger’s brow which allows the wearer to see people’s past lives. She clocks Rang’s melancholic mood, but he says he’s angry.

Rang wonders if his blood is “dirtied” by his half human side – he still has remnants of a human heart from his mother. When Yoo-ri excitedly asks if his mother held him and did normal mom things, Rang slams his glass down in anger.

Yoo-ri’s curiosity about what it’s like to be loved triggers a memory of walking with his mother in the forest. She’d told him to wait there, but he was scared. She screamed at him to stop making her life difficult – she couldn’t even die because of him. While the scared little Rang obediently waited for his mother, a zombie-looking creature found him.

Rang tells Yoo-ri that being loved makes it easy for people to prey on you. He amusedly notes that Shin-joo did a number on her, making her talk like a human. Yoo-ri assures Rang she’s on his side no matter what.

At his clinic, Shin-joo is ecstatic when the relationship compatibility test he does comes out to 99% for him and Yoo-ri. Yeon and Jia only got 25%. Pfft. He chats with the now healthy-looking abused dog.

Jia is getting fed up with Yeon who insists on creepily staring at her as she sleeps, afraid to let her out of his sight. When she suggests he stay in her room, he hops right in her bed. And he’s still staring. He says he can’t sleep, so Jia shares what her father told her to do: think of things that make you happy. They take turns naming a few of their favorite things, and Jia drifts off to sleep. Yeon stares (again) at her sleeping face.

Rang almost gets run over by a moped, but a little boy comes running and pushes him out of the way. Aww, it’s the adorable little boy who offered to be Yeon’s friend! He’s all proud of himself for being like Spiderman, ha. Rang thinks that this is the type of human he hates and grumpily walks away. The little boy picks up the tiger’s brow he dropped. Oh, snap.

Yeon attempt at cooking breakfast the next morning is a disaster, so Shin-joo takes over. Jia wakes to a meal and is surprise Yeon cooked. Then Shin-joo pops out and begins nagging her about her level of cleanliness. He brought Yeon some clothes over and is now cleaning since Yeon is a germophobe.

Jia gasps at all the food Yeon burned earlier and picks dried pollack out of his hair and clothes. Ha. After breakfast, Shin-joo finds Jia in her room. He begs her to stay safe so Yeon doesn’t suffer. Jia smiles to see how much he cares for Yeon and promises to do her best since Yeon is precious to her too.

Yeon is waiting downstairs in a suit, ready to accompany Jia to work. When they arrive at her station, everyone greets him at the door like he’s one of the execs. Yeon says he’ll wait in the lobby until she gets off work, so she fixes his tie and thanks him before heading to her office.

Yeon recalls Hyun Eui-ong’s warning about getting involved in Jia’s fate. As Jia happily waves goodbye, Yeon thinks this life isn’t so bad, even if it’s his last.

At the CEO’s, Nanny 2 arrives. Like before, he instructs her to make sure the boy eats. The CEO thinks to himself that this is the last day of the imoogi’s growth before he changes into a new form.

Jia mulls over the mysterious man who caused her parents’ “accident” and researches the sinner’s mark. She discovers that, during the Goryeo era, a group of exiled traitors were branded with that very “Seokyung” mark the Magistrate saw on his forehead.

Meanwhile, Yeon has Shin-joo tail Rang to find the man with the sinner’s mark. He’s sure Rang is involved. Shin-joo watches Rang frantically dig through bushes and hears him tell someone on the phone to find the glasses.

When Jae-hwan comes into the office, Jia checks his forehead without explanation. He and Sae-rom ask Jia about Yeon, and she wonders how much they bet on it. Ha. Jia sighs that she’s like to define her and Yeon’s relationship too.

Sae-rom says Jia should check her pulse around Yeon, using Jae-hwan to demonstrate. He wrenches his hand out of her grip when she notices how fast his pulse is. Team Leader Choi interrupts as they try to get info out of Jia on how far she and Yeon have gone. Of course, Jia checks his forehead too.

At the mansion, Nanny 2 tries to run, but the imoogi boy calmly drags her back to his room. Her body withers as he touches her. He steps out of the room a fully-grown young man.

Elsewhere, Shin-joo continues tailing Rang and sees him meet with Yoo-ri. She shows Rang a photo of the little boy who took the glasses. We cut to the now bespectacled little boy cheerily walking through the city. (Where are his parents?)

Shin-joo watches Yoo-ri leave and looks disappointed in himself. He slams the car window in frustration and lowers his head. When he looks up, Rang is gone. Abruptly, his car window is smashed. Rang smiles at him. “You thought I didn’t notice, didn’t you?”

Jia and her team eat at the Snail Bride while Yeon sits nearby, of course. Hye-ja brings them some dishes on the house for the “special guest.” She smiles at Jia, but Team Leader Choi thinks she’s referring to him.

Jae-hwan spots Yeon, so Sae-rom invites him to eat with them. Yeon shameless says he’s there because of Jia and explains that he’s pursuing her one-sidedly. He raises his eyebrows when Jia corrects him that it’s not one-sided. They smile at each other.

Meanwhile, Rang tries to beat info out of Shin-joo, reminding him that he’s no longer the kid he used to be. Shin-joo knows he could kill him, but he refuses to tell him why Yeon wanted Rang followed. He’s lived for and thanks to Yeon. “Even if I die here, you can’t harm him.”

Rang hits him again and wonders why he’s going so far for Yeon. Shin-joo claims to protect Yeon for the same reason Rang can’t kill him – they both like him. Livid, Rang knocks Shin-joo unconscious.

At the Snail Bride, Jia’s colleagues grill Yeon about his job, his family, and his age. Jia jumps in to provide excuses and smooth things over when Yeon gets too honest. Sae-rom marvels that he’s like a fantasy drama lead. Heh. When Yeon receives pictures of the badly beaten Shin-joo, he rushes out.

Outside, Sae-rom and Jae-hwan run into the bespectacled little boy. He comments that Sae-rom is pretty – he sees her in a hanbok – and calls Jae-hwan a eunuch, although he’s not sure what that means. Ha. When Jia walks up, the boy begins to cry. “It’s scary. Your face is really scary.” He runs away.

Yeon meets Rang at the junkyard and asks why it has to be the imoogi. Rang thinks having them reenact their past is artistic. Yeon guesses correctly that Rang paid a price for his collaboration – he made a contract. Yeon remarks that there are people you should never make a deal with and advises Rang to step away from this before he pays an even bigger price.

Rang grows serious and asks if Yeon would save him if his life were truly in danger. Yeon just sighs and tells him to save himself. Rang wonders if Jia would stay with Yeon if she knew what happened in her past life.

Yeon glares and tells him that he’ll really kill him this time if he touches Jia. They stare at each other until Yoo-ri calls Rang to tell him she located the kid. After he leaves, Yeon finds Shin-joo barely conscious on the other side of the junkyard.

Rang catches up to the kid, but he won’t give up the glasses. He gasps in shock when Rang materializes in front of him after he runs away. Rang picks him up by the shirt, threatening that he doesn’t let kids off easy. The boy starts crying, and Rang immediately lets him go. He says he hates the sound of crying, and he’s totally letting the kid off due to the low birth rate. Pfft.

Rang happily tries on the glasses and looks at the kid. Oh my gosh, is that his beloved puppy?! Yep, the kid is his puppy reincarnated. Rang begins to cry and stops himself from stepping toward the boy.

He hurriedly walks away, muttering to himself that he won’t get attached again. Nope. He turns and finds the little boy following him. He looks up at Rang with puppy eyes.

Annnd Rang takes Puppy Boy for dessert. The kid asks if he’s Spiderman since he moves so fast. Rang is horrified that his puppy reincarnated as a stupid human and claims the dessert is a debt repayment after which they’re done with each other.

That night, Jia and her team go to the CEO’s mansion for dinner. They’re amazed at the luxuriousness as they wait for the CEO. He arrives downstairs in time to stop Team Leader Choi from touching his special Chinese lantern plant. It’s one of his house’s two rules. The other is never to go upstairs (because that’s not suspicious).

At the clinic, Shin-joo takes advantage of his condition and orders Yeon around, even having him pour water into his mouth. Pfft. When Yeon accuses Shin-joo of using him, Shin-joo comments that his body and heart hurt.

Yeon comments that he warned him about Yoo-ri, but Shin-joo doesn’t want to hear her badmouthed. Yeon scoffs at Shin-joo’s supposed 99% relationship compatibility with her, but when he sees his and Jia’s is only 25%, he insists on a redo.

Jia and her colleagues chat over dinner with the CEO. He remembers being impressed with Jia’s gutsiness during her interview and telling her she had to join his station. Team Leader Choi brings up his past memory with the CEO, but the CEO doesn’t remember him at all. Womp womp.

Sae-rom asks if the CEO believes in the supernatural. He recalls a near death experience where he met someone who wasn’t human. He jokes that what he met was a miracle.

When Jia goes inside to the restroom, she hears a noise from the second floor. It’s the imoogi, using dead Nanny 2’s hand to rap on the door. Jia slowly makes her way upstairs to the gloomy hallway.

She gets ahold of herself and turns to head back. Jia steps on something and picks it up. It’s Nanny 2’s acrylic fingernail. The knocking resumes, so Jia cautiously follows the noise to the room at the end of the hall. From the other side of the door, the imoogi urges, “Come in.”

While the CEO comes inside to look for her, Jia stands with her hand on the doorhandle. She’s startled by a call from Yeon. After she hangs up, she’s startled yet again by the CEO putting his hand on her shoulder. He assures her the sounds she heard were just the wind and leads her back downstairs.

At the clinic, Shin-joo cries to see Yeon so happy and encourages him to live long and be happy with Jia. Back at the mansion, Jia is distracted during dessert. She shows the fake nail to her colleagues in the taxi, but they’re puzzled too.

Jia arrives home to the smell of freshly cooked rice – Yeon recalls it’s one of her favorite scents. He promises she can come home to it every night he’s there. She in turn hands him his favorite ice cream she bought on the way.

They sit awkwardly and decide to watch a movie. Yeon ignores the horror film and watches Jia instead, wishing time would stop. Jia wishes the same and leans her head on his shoulder. He smiles and tentatively places his hand on hers.

On what I think is the following night, Yeon goes out to buy Jia new sneakers (another of her favorite things), and Jia arrives home to find a box out front. Inside are the glasses with a note from Rang: “Wear them and look in the mirror. What you’re curious about will be revealed.”

Yeon goes running out of the shoe store after Rang calls to taunt him about sending the tiger’s brow to Jia, but he’s too late. Jia puts on the glasses and looks in the mirror to see … herself, as usual. But when she lowers the glasses, her image doesn’t follow suit.

The image shifts to reveal Ah-eum, and Jia watches as Yeon points a sword at her throat. “This woman is nothing to me. Did you think I wouldn’t use her as bait to wake you up?” We see Ah-eum crying and Yeon running, golden eyes flaring. Yeon shoves his hand through her chest. Whoa.

Jia yanks off the glasses. Yeon rushes inside to find Jia standing in front of the mirror. He turns her to face him, and her tears are enough to let him know she saw something. “I was murdered in my past life.” Yeon closes his eyes in pain. “You killed me,” Jia proclaims. “From the beginning, you made me a sacrifice to catch the imoogi, Lee Yeon.”

 
COMMENTS

So that’s why Rang wanted the tiger’s brow which, hilariously, looks like cheap Harry Potter knockoff glasses. Although this wasn’t necessarily the best way for Jia to find out, I am glad she’s learning the truth. It’s about time she’s able to have some say in her own life regarding all this. Seeing that Yeon did kill Ah-eum, his decisions make more sense. I found Yeon’s unhealthy, selfish obsession with Ah-eum/Jia off-putting, but knowing it’s not just love but guilt that drives him contextualizes everything. Not that it excuses bad decision-making, but it helps give nuance to his character. I don’t doubt that he loves her, but it feels much more grounded that all the extreme decisions he’s made are not just out of some idealized eternal love. I can see how a mixture of guilt and love could motivate him to work for 600 years so she could be reincarnated. I’m kind of surprised he didn’t see this situation with Jia coming, though. Why did he think that her reincarnated life would automatically be good? Even if she weren’t doomed by fate or whatever, any matter of things can go wrong in a person’s life that could lead to tragedy. She could get hit by a bus or fall ill and die, so it’s not like his servitude is a guarantee that she’d have a long life.

Of course, here we’re dealing with the almighty fate that links Jia with the imoogi in all her lives, apparently. My current understanding is that Jia is basically a horcrux. She’s not necessarily the imoogi, but she does contain a fragment of it inside her that connects them. If that is the case, does that mean she has to die for the imoogi to die? Conversely, if the imoogi dies, does she die? I was hoping to see them meet this episode, but I guess we’ll have to wait for that. I’m really curious as to what the imoogi wants with her and what their dynamic is like. It’s interesting that Jia saw Ah-eum when wearing the glasses, but Puppy Boy saw her “scary face” which I’m assuming is the imoogi part of her.

On that note, the adorable Puppy Boy is back! I didn’t expect to see him again, and I definitely did not anticipate him being Rang’s beloved companion. That was a nice twist. No wonder his path has collided with both Rang and Yeon. Rang can feign indifference and irritation all he wants, but his tears at seeing his dog again spoke volumes. I think he might just have a new sidekick. But why is that child always roaming the streets alone day and night? No one seems to notice that he’s wandering around, meeting dangerous supernatural creatures and stealing magical objects. Does he not have parents or a guardian of some kind?

I was glad to learn a bit more about Rang’s background with his mother. From the flashback, she was clearly not the world’s greatest mother. They looked poor, and I imagine their life was difficult. But her words to little Rang were inexcusable. I’m presuming that was Yeon’s forest she left Rang in. If she abandoned him and entrusted him to Yeon’s care, that would explain Rang’s dependence on his brother. It also explains why Yeon’s abandonment, the second time he’d been left behind by a family member, traumatized him so much. I’m not sure whether to believe Rang’s implication that his human mother is why he’s so emotional and gets attached to people. Gumihos obviously have emotions too – Yeon and Shin-joo both are emotionally driven with strong attachments. They seem to bond sparingly, though, and have a more solitary nature than humans. Maybe Rang’s human side makes him need more social bonding in general.

I get that Yeon is over Rang’s destructiveness and childishness, and that’s fair. But it doesn’t seem like he ever apologized for leaving Rang to fend for himself as a child. That is on him, especially since it looks like he might’ve been more of a parental figure. His actions damaged a child who depended on him, and he should acknowledge that. And then there’s the whole almost-killing-him thing which traumatized Rang yet again. At the very least, I wish Yeon would be smarter in his dealings with Rang. He clearly just wants to feel loved, and Yeon pushing his buttons has repercussions for everyone. Yeon needs to be the grownup and take a page from Jia’s book by dealing with this head on for the greater good.

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When it was revealed that the adorable bowl-haired kid was his puppy from his past life, I let out the biggest awe!!! I love that this show doesn’t shy away from exploring and layering its supporting characters in favour of romance. Rang clearly has abandonment and attachment issues but is trying so hard to fight it off, but clearly his humane side keeps giving in. It’s only a matter of time before he fully gives into that side and clears his misunderstanding with Yeon.

Speaking of Yeon, him and Jia were even more sweet this episode spending time with each other as Yeon goes into body-guard mode. I guess now that Jia is going to misunderstand Yeon’s intention for showing interest in her and they take time apart, it hopefully means from a plot perspective things will pick up.

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" I love that this show doesn’t shy away from exploring and layering its supporting characters in favour of romance." Cough cough Alice.

IA. One of the positives of this show are the fact that we have a scene or two that gives more context to our characters, both ML/FL but also our 2nd FL/ML as well as supporting characters too. I love a show that doesn't skimp on those aspects just to bolster bigger names in their cast. *Cough cough Alice.

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For me the episode started off on a poor note and ended like so. I don't understand or excuse why humans have to be on the receiving end of these creatures ' ire. If Rang has emotional issue due to Yeon, then the target of his cruelty needs to be Yeon. If Yeon has issues with fate, then the target of his ire needs to be the realms of the gods, not humans. Mtcheeeew.

The end was not believable for me neither. History aside, Ji-a has never been interested in issues of past lives or claimed any real interest /ownership of Ah-eum. So why this excessive heartbreak at the end? Not a detached anger or sadness, but whole-bodied pain and heartbreak.

And, @quirkycase - the saaaaame question popped into my mind about the kid. Where are his guardians?!

Sighhhh. I'm still here, but this is going like I hoped it would.

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The lack of parents suggests an abandoned kid, just as Rang was an abandoned kid (although perhaps not in exactly the same way). I'm foreseeing a character arc for Rang as he walks through the same issues he had with someone else - he'll grow in some way through it. I'm totally on board with this - Kim Bum and the kid (Jung Si-yul? what a sweetie!) have great chemistry too and need more screen time. Plus, there's something very endearing about an uber-villain who has a marshmallow heart for a puppy...

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Er...for me, no. He should save some of that marshmallow heart for all the innocent humans he's killed for sport.

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I think the heartbreak for Ji-ah does make some sense, because she's growing more and more attached to Yeon. So as any boundaries blur and her feelings develop, it's bound to feel more personal to her.

I also keep wondering where Puppy Boy's grown-ups are. When he was in the park, I probably just assume they were nearby while he played, but an 8/9-yr-old cavorting around downtown Seoul is unbelievable. And he looks too well-cared for to have been abandoned. Maybe we'll find out later that he's some kind of supernatural being, like the grandpa figure from earlier?

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She is attached/attracted to Yeon, not Ah-eum, and she's made that clear over and over. I didn't expect her to be completely disaffected by the past, but this all-in heartbreak isn't it neither.

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Because Rang can't defeat Yeon one on one, and physical pain clearly won't be enough to break Yeon. Hence Rang choosing to torment Yeon through his loved one, Jia. It's textbook torture psychology, really. And it's the same case with Yeon, he can't defeat the gods, period. He is just a gumiho, even if 1000 years old, and the gods are, well, the gods. I mean, Taluipa is clearly holding back, and she already matches Yeon blow to blow. Hence Yeon also does the best alternative, taking part in Jia's fate directly and hopes it is enough to turn things around.

And with Jia, imagine your past life killed by the man you have a crush on? Jia always listened to how Yeon loves Ah-Eum and so on, but with the flashback just being barebones as it is, she will be confused whether or not he actually loves her as Jia, as Ah-Eum, or just using her again to find the Imoogi. Adds in if she thinks Yeon's obsessiveness is because of his guilt, she would think she is being used as his charity case/atonement effort.

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It becomes quite clear in Episode 8 why Rang hates humans so much. He only ever received hate from humans. Dang, his own mom tried to kill him over and over again! When he was still a sweet little kid, all the village people thought he was a monster and tried to beat him up. So Rang became what humans doomed him to be.

Ji-Ah was heartbroken because she had fallen in love with Yeon. She gave up the chance to find her parents in order to get him back, and now she sees that he murdered her in her past life. He killed the woman who loved him, so now he looks like a complete jerk (if not worse).

I think the little boy is likely not completely human.

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Lol I wish I could explain why I still love this show so much, when there are a myriad of objective technical flaws that should have me annoyed if not defenestrating it by now, but I'm miraculously not, and so can't. Pfft.

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In my case it's distracting foxes.

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I've never been this willing to be distracted...

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I think I would go with the relationship between the brothers, my Shin Joo-Yu RI ship, and now Lee Tae Ri

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I'm with you. The plot is tissue-paper thin, the foxes are absolutely carrying this show (sorry, Jo Bo-ah!), the editing is clunky, and the tropes are coming at us like the god-awful CGI shattered glass, but I cannot get enough of it. <3 I don't know if LDW and KB have bewitched me or what, but I'm all in.

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I know I'm bewitched. I know.

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It's totally LDW and KB with their cuteness and passionate acting. I have never been so distracted by pretty faces... the story is so clearly unreal but so wonderfully satisfying

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Completely agree with you and @carlybisek. This show is such a hot mess of tonal shifts, janky CGI and random editing but it's soooo cracktastic!

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Haha "cracktastic" is exactly how I'm going to describe it now when I enthusiastically recommend it to friends! :D

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You hadn't heard that one before?? Hahaha tis a good word. Especially for this show.

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Love that. 'Cracktastic' what an excellent way to describe it😂

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lee dong wook THAT is why. i am so glad it is not bad manners to stare at my screen when he is on.

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Why does Kim Bum and Lee Dong Wook have such strong chemistry?? I love every scene they share. However, in my opinion, it makes LDW and Jo Boa's chemistry seem very lackluster. Which is too bad. Because now I'm more invested in the brothers than I am in anything else

Even before the fortune teller confirmed that Yeon is precious to Rang, Yeon seemed to know how Rang truly felt. So why for the last 600 years has he kept his distance from Rang? Even now he remains aloof by telling Rang to save himself if he gets in trouble

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I agree, I am not getting any chemistry between the leads. They are giving each other plenty of big, weepy, longing glances, but I don't get anything behind it except his guilt/love for her previous incarnation. As for her, it's like someone flipped a switch and now she's in "love."

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The chemistry is sort of off. They have great platonic energy and their non-serious dialogue has a great, snappy rom-com rhythm, but the writing is calling for them to be longing for each other and passionate without proper build-up and at weird moments in the story.

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I binged this drama. It started out quite interesting but then it fizzled out. I really hate how the fight scenes are filmed, it is a drama about powerful beings and I obviously would like to see how they battle out their differences but no. We get a ton of cuts and close ups where we don't see what the hell is happening. The other thing..compared to Chinese dramas, the long hairs and hanboks looked so cheap, it felt like I was watching cosplay. Why extensions? Put on a nice wig and call it a day or at least blend it with their hair!

The good. LDW. He is cheeky, he is a romantic I like his performance and character. Too bad he has zero chemistry with JBA. I just can't hop on this ship. When I am absolutely fine with the lead couple not getting together, that is bad sign. She is a wet blanket even though I found her likable in the firt few episodes. I agree that the brothers' relationship is way more ineresting at this point.

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Cosplay lol... I totally get that. LDW and KB are the main reason I fell in love with this drama. JBA was very confusing to me from the first episode, even though she gradually made more sense. The love story is really cheesy but LDW pulls it off satisfyingly so idc

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Kim bum is love. He is the best part about this drama. And when that munchkin turned out to be his puppy, my heart just went awwww..

I just wish they cut back on the romance. I like the 2 leads separately, i like them with others, it's just a snooze fest when they are together. Everything else works, even the wonderfully weird coworkers.

More of kim bum. More of the brothers. More of the vet - fox romance.

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I am also invested in the Yi brothers story. I so want them to reconcile.

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"More of kim bum. More of the brothers. More of the vet - fox romance.". This!

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Oh, when I saw the puppy!! I cried with Rang! Such a nice twist. Now I want to believe that the boy is also a supernatural creature and that's the reason he has no parents and no adults around help him. Anyway, I hope the puppy-buy can soften Rang, the way YuRi is softened by ShinYoo. I'm a bit worried about the price Yeon told Rang he would have to pay. Yeon has lived longer and is wiser than him. He knows much better.

As for the story, I'm happy Jia is learning the truth at last. She clearly is the kind of person who can assume her role in this story. And I'm pretty sure, according to the pieces of flashbacks we've had so far, that killing her was the only way Imoogi could be killed and that it was AhEum the one who asked Yeon to do it, so the "I said I would protect you" when dying in his arms.

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I cried too when I saw the puppy!!!!!

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I know I'm the only one here who doesn't understand the story at all.
What is it about? I know there are brothers, one is good and the other is bad, to put it simply.
And there is a FL, the reincarnation of ML lead first love.
There is a funny vet as a sidekick and attractive girl who bumps into him all the time.
There is a bunch of higher ups whoever they are amd whatever they do, I have no clue.
I've been watching until.ep. 7, but WHAT EXACTLY the main storyline is about?
Is there anyone here care enough to explain?
I just can't shake the feelings that there is no story in the story. Am I making any sense?

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I guess the storyline is for the ML to resolve the FL's past and for her to live out a natural happy human lifespan. So there are a few pending questions:
1. what happened to the FL's parents? We find out that something evil wanted the FL, so it made her parents disappear.
2. ML wants to give FL a normal life, but a shard of the evil Imugi lives in the FL, which can interfere with that.
3. ML's brother wants to hurt ML and the Imugi is part of that mysterious plan.
4. Will the ML and ML's brother resolve their relationship?

I would ignore the higher ups. They are clearly middle-management and useless.

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The romantic parts are the less interesting but they don't bother me. I don't thing she saw all the past story and she will have to discover it.

How the kid can be everywhere is Rang and always alone? He reminds me the little boy in Goblin.

Poor Shin-joo :( I really like his character! He's the only normal fantastic one.

The actor is doing a good job, he made me forget the awful warrior in Arthdal Chronicles.

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Really hope the kid is just a kid (plus past puppy) and not some undercover supernatural big boss because that'll just be too close to plagiarism for comfort!

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Omg.. i remember that now. That was Shin Joo? I hated him in AC. Love him as Shin Joo.

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The one Tanya cursed, I think. ( My memories about this drama are pretty vague)

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I love Shin-joo too! He's my favorite gumiho in this series. I was mad at myself for feeling happy that Rang got to reunite with his beloved puppy as a healthy human boy, after he beat the crap out of Shin-joo.

wonder how a half-human/half-gumiho can be stronger than a full-gumiho (even if one of their tails got lost).

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For me the episode worked, miraculously, weird editing choices aside. The horror is finallycranking up again, loved the campy idea to use the withered arm to lure Jia, and then there is the first glimpse at a really nasty zombie, yay!
That sleepover would be so cliché if it weren't for that foxy fox. I am not exaggerating when I say my breath stopped, looking at him, several times. The spell of the fox eyes is working on me - I am a mere human without any trace of imoogi content, after all.

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If I have one take-away from this show, it's that LDW's eyes are his superpower. They have saved many a scene thus far.

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I'm so smitten by the way he looks Jia, and his brother, and even ShinJoo. I've never felt this way about LDW!

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Ok first things first, Rang found his puppy. I'm so happy for him. My guess is that the kid is an orphan or abandoned. My heart melted I'm that scene. Also the imoogi using that woman's hand to knock was so creepy. I want more Shin Joo-Yu Ri scenes. This episode was all over the place. It was not tonally coherent and that was a bummer

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The hand-knocking scene! 😱 So twisted and at the same time is kind of funny in a creepy way

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I liked this episode, especially in conjunction with ep 8. I like that we're learning more about what happened 600 years ago and that it's not as cut-and-dry as 'I loved her, she died tragically.' I think perhaps it would have been better to have a more experienced actress opposite LDW, but in a way her lack of experience/confidence (if that's what it is) could work for her character - after all, Ji-ah is entirely at a disadvantage in the supernatural world.

Like @quirkycase, the revelation of Yeon's guilt was good context for understanding his intensity when it comes to Ji-ah. I also thought the "things I like" bit was good. It was a way for Yeon to get to know Ji-ah for Ji-ah, and it was good to see him keen to make her happy as Ji-ah. It feels like he is more and more able to not see her through the filter of Ah-eum. Maybe that will also change the course of destiny?

The brother relationship is probably the one I'm still most interested in. Yeon is generally decent (if prickly) to everyone EXCEPT Rang, and I'm starting to wonder if he's deliberately pushing Rang away because there's something we don't know and it's the only way to keep him safe? There have been enough clues to make me believe that he truly does love his 동생. Is this just more noble idiocy?

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When she said "red umbrella", aw yes, Ji-ah, it's totally part of things we like!

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I also 'awwwwed' a little. :-)

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You are so right about Yeon and Rang. There's lots we don't know, as for instance, what happened in the lap of time between Yeon disappearance (which I assume is when the mountain was burned and Blacky was killed) and his return to "kill" Rang.

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Exactly! And in the scene where he came back to "kill" him, didn't he say something like, "I did come back for you"? Something has got to be going on under the surface here.

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Yes, he said that he had looked for him but he couldn’t find him.

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When Ji-ah mirror image stopped mimicking her, I thought, it's her island split personality manifesting! But it wasn't, too bad. Guess the angst is coming but I'd rather they have it now and get it over with soon. Always possible we'll have more at ep 14 but, well, one can hope...

Will we ever meet this "Almighty" who decides the people fates, I wonder, cause like Yeon, I'd also like to know why it has to be Ji-ah!

The tiger's eyeroll eyebrow is such a convenient plot device but at least yay for Rang meeting his puppy. Ji-ah getting a 1+1 deal with mother-in-law Shin-joo is cute beyond words! Also wondering whether Yeon finished the whole batch of rice before he cooked the fresh one ><

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I was also wondering about the rice 🤣

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That puppy boy is so cute. I love Rang's reaction to him. He can be all gruff all he wants but we all know he is a softie.
I also wonder why that boy is out on the street alone all the time. If he has no parents, hopefully the brothers will take him in.

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The more I watch this drama, the more I realize that I just don’t care at all for Yeon and Jia—I infinitely prefer watching Yeon and Rang, and Shin Joo and Yuri, and Taluipa...heck, I wouldn’t mind watching the Imoogi over them. Here’s hoping for a redemptive arc for Rang and a satisfying and happy ending for everyone!

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I saw a promo for the show where LDW and JBA read a children's book together and he had to prompt her to use different voices for different characters and I keep thinking about that when I watch their scenes together. She is so one note and brings zero nuance to her role. I feel like LDW is almost overacting in their scenes together because he's trying to make up for what she's lacking. I'm still in on this series because of the brothers and secondary characters but it's really too bad they didn't case a better FL.

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This show is really working hard to make Rang the most sympathetic character, and it's working. Jeez, his childhood was worse than we thought. So he was abused by humans (that poor baby's face all covered in bruises was hard to watch), abandoned by his human mother, attacked by zombies, forced to watch his closest companion die, then abandoned and nearly killed by his fox brother? How much awful can they pile on one kid?

Also, really good continuity with the child actor they got for Rang. They don't strongly resemble, but the sadness in his eyes is so similar to adult Rang, you really do feel like you're looking at a smaller version of the same wounded person.

I also perked up when Jia was sitting at her desk actually seeming to get work done, but that was over in 3.5 seconds so she could talk about Yeon with her coworkers again. Sigh. But I have some hope that old Jia might make a reappearance after that ending. I'm also glad that she's finding out more about the past, despite Yeon's desire to keep it from her. So I'm really looking forward to seeing her explore the darker parts of her former life, and, hopefully, parts of her past that go beyond Yeon. Because I have the feeling that her life outside of their relationship was more interesting back then too. Thanks for recapping.

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Although I enjoy both LDW and JBA in these characters, I got to admit I couldn't care less about the romance. Instead, I'm all about Rang, Shin-joo and Yu-ri, I hope they just find some well-deserved love or sense of kinship in the end. This show is a bit all over the place but I quite enjoy the que sera sera type of story and currently looking forward to the Imoogi turning some tables in the coming episodes.

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Beanies, they're totally setting Lee Rang up to get killed in some heart-breaking way after they redeem him, aren't they?
I'm watching this for Rang and Puppy Boy. And for Shinjoo. Shinjoo is love.

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Given how many lives he had taken, seems like the only way to redeem him. Yeon not killing him back then and sparing his life was likely a favor and favors must be repaid.

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Not really related to the episode, but LDW and JBA have been putting up self-made preview videos for the show on LDW's Instagram, and they are a hoot to watch. The latest one I saw which had LDW and JBA eating cold vinegar noodles had a comment from Kim Bum in his Lee Rang character which made me snort out loud. I do enjoy exchanges like this. Go check it out if you feel so inclined.

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I guess I am one of the rare few who really doesn't feel much sympathy for Rang. As much as I feel for what happened to him before he has 'murdered' a lot of innocent people. And him hurting Shin Ju made it even harder.

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me too, i dont hate him but i think people are too soft for him. and i feel like people blamed everything on Yeon, when both of them are selfish and have part on everything that happens right now

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No bad feelings, but Yeon is so insensitive to Shin-Joo! What's so bad about giving your loyal servant a little extra care? I mean, Shin-joo has babied him for hundreds of years and he should be glad to return the favor instead of accusing Shin-joo of taking advantage of him lol

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Also I totally get that Ji-Ah and Yeon is not not everyone's favorite couple, but their relationship doesn't bother me.

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Honestly, I think they are fine. Cute and obviously both very hot people. But the show has other things other than their romance, so its not much of an issue for me. Honestly, Goblin's romance with Gong Yoo and Kim Go Eun was just ugh nope due to the power imbalance, there were times I just noped out with their romantic scenes. Whereas in here, at least both FL/ML are adults and have a prior history together. Plus Jia has told Yeon that she isn't his first love, she's her own person which I liked a lot. Shows she's self-aware, and it makes for a better foundation having Yeon fall in love with the Jia now.

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And Shin-joo only got hurt because he was tailing Rang, like Yeon asked him too!

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Must have been a shock to see an image of yourself being killed by Yeon. I hope they can talk it out soon since that can't be the whole story.

Don't check out noises on restricted floors of mansions! Everyone knows that!

Lee Taeri! :)

Rang, why did you use so much packaging with the glasses? It's like when I ordered some batteries and they came in box 20 times its size with a buttload of packaging!

Love the more chill moments between Ji-ah and Yeon and the lighter gestures like Yeon cooking up some fresh rice and Ji-ah picking up mint chocolate ice cream for Yeon. The more dramatic, stare-y moments with romantic music are awkward. And Shin-joo is extra adorable.

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I don’t know about the rest, but the original story line seems to be a drag. I mean it’s the same stuff with a tragic destiny for the leads! Gah!!! Can’t we please have a spin off with Rang (Kim bum) and the cute kid (puppy reincarnated) going on adventures and joined by Yoo Ri & Shin-jo? Coz that wud be awesome!

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This show is campy fantasy horror goodness!! Is it a masterpiece lol nope! But I do enjoy seeing a show not take itself too seriously when it needs to, and then amps up the horror/suspense level when it needs to as well.

One thing, Ep 7/8 minus the last 15 minutes were sorta filler and there were severals scenes that were just characters talking (altho it was about things that were pertaining to the plot).

Side note: Did anyone gasp "Ooh omona!" when the reveal of the imoogi came out of the darkness's and walked out the door?? I gasped out loud lol. That is one attractive imoogi lol.

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I love love love that this show has also given us great scenes/characterizations with other characters separate from our main trio. It really makes this show seem more fun, and more depth with all their characters reincarnated form here compared to their past lives.

That being said, I also echo that Lee-rang might sacrifice himself to save his brother in the end :(( The real OTP here is Rang and Yeon </3

Also Jo Bo-ah is really stunning! She has un-tapped potential/power from the flashbacks and current moxie she has today. She wasn't even scared going up the stairs to hear the strange noise from upstairs. I hope that her true power unleases, and that she, Rang, and Yeon can fight together to take down the imoogi.

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