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Zombie Detective: Episodes 5-6 Open Thread

Now that the pesky cult is out of the way, we’re back to our main storyline, with all of its deadpan humor, eyerolls, and amazing meta. This week we learn how our undead hero — and our spunky heroine — will deal with some difficult truths.

 
EPISODES 5-6 WEECAP

Seeing half-naked Kim Moo-young is one thing, but seeing a half-naked, hole-ridden, and very zombified Kim Moo-young is another thing entirely. As expected, Sun-ji is terrified out of her mind, not sure of what she’s even seeing, and runs for the hills.

But her journalist genes run strong, and with the help of her zombie aficionado brother-in-law, she quickly pieces together all the parts of the Moo-young puzzle: decaying body, eating raw flesh, not feeling pain, and so on. The facts don’t lie: he’s a zombie. But those facts don’t stop her from heading back to his office to get her rightful pay. So, Sun-ji protects all her vital organs and heads to the office to confront him.

It’s a quick journey for Sun-ji from sheer terror to compassion and kinship, and the speed of her reversal is what makes it so entertaining. Pretty soon, Moo-young has Sun-ji back as his intern, and she’s dog-headedly determined to help him figure out the mystery behind his death.

I loved seeing our drama turn more towards the wider and bigger picture here — in other words, now that Moo-young has pretty much learned how to make it amongst humans, it’s time to start figuring out how he became a zombie to begin with.

Though most of Sun-ji’s attempts are met with hilarious eyerolls and exasperated comments (why is Choi Jin-hyuk so funny), they both settle on an important clue from his past: a unique lighter he had in his possession when he was murdered.

While doing detective work around the lighter, our zombie and his intern get briefly derailed helping Sun-ji’s former informant. His mother, who suffers from dementia, just went missing in the mountains. Sun-ji quickly puts Moo-young’s nose to work in the woods (she’s so good at bossing him around), and they soon find the elder sitting under a little parasol in the middle of nowhere, not sure where she is. However, when she sees Moo-young, she shouts out a desperate, “Son!”

Before our pair can even rescue her properly, though, a gigantic wild boar appears, and we get the hilarious fight of Zombie versus Wild Boar, which includes Moo-young getting tossed around like a rag doll, some funny meta “gameplay,” and a final victory for Moo-young which results in a much-needed meal — and a feature on the local news.

Let it not be said that the drama didn’t play with the damsel-in-distress trope too, though. During the boar versus zombie fight scene, Moo-young rushes in to protect Sun-ji in an epic multi-roll save in which he, of course, lands on top of her.

This is important, because a) it’s hilarious and b) Sun-ji gets giddy over this later. Gotta hand it to this drama for playing with tropes like the female employee having a crush on her boss — and then making it the most ridiculous and tongue-in-cheek thing ever. More to come on this front, surely, because why not play up (and play with) the love triangle trope as well? After all, Sun-ji’s cop friend Do-hyun is starting to get protective of her, and is even digging into Moo-young’s true identity.

Speaking of our supporting characters, they bring so much color to this drama. Sun-ji’s brother-in-law is the sweetest and I can’t wait for him to meet a Real Zombie, and the fumbling detectives across the street are so ridiculous — I look forward to having them woven into Moo-young’s story a little more. But I think my favorite side character is Sun-ji’s friend KIM BORA (Lim Se-joo). She’s the feisty owner of the tripe restaurant, and I enjoy her scenes so much I almost wish she was our heroine instead (not that Sun-ji isn’t also the right amount of weird).

Where we land at the end of this week’s episodes is super twisty and really well-played. In fact, it’s so well-played that I had a huge satisfied smile on my face, because I love when little bits of disparate plot points come together.

This burst of forward plot movement was fun because it gave me the sense that the drama goes off on these strange tangents for a reason — and now that we’re in week three, it’s pretty clear that there’s a well-hatched plan for where this drama will go.

The informant whose mother was missing, is clearly not what he seems — indeed, he’s been lying from the get-go about the Santa case, knows our Moo-young verrrrry well, and just maybe his mother with dementia, is not his mother and not suffering from dementia after all. Eeeeek! This has major repercussions for the past life that Moo-young is trying to uncover/recover.

But first, bring on the meta! This week’s episodes were beyond funny, but I think my favorite sequence was Moo-young’s disgusted-but-transfixed stare as he watched a makjang drama. It makes him not only ponder about amnesia, but then speculate that perhaps he, too, could be a long-lost chaebol heir.

Then, when “Almost Paradise” from Boys Before Flowers kicked in with the start of his loooong fantasy sequence, I about died. This whole sequence of homage + humor was so great! And so was Moo-young wearing a stethoscope and listening to his own heartbeat… while listening to the 2PM song “Heartbeat.” LOL. Who dreams up these scenes! And more than that, why is Choi Jin-hyuk so, so good at them?

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Like in dramas, I actually sprayed my drink across my monitor when "Almost Paradise" played; this drama doesn't do meta halfway, for sure! The fight with the boar got me cracking up so bad, and that last screenshot is somewhat sad but I can't help LOLling again.

The whole umbrella scene when Moo-young told Sun-ji to not look until she counted to 100 is just swoony. Yes, he's a zombie, but totally won't fault you for getting flutters (and keep losing thread on your counting), Sun-ji ^^

Thought we'll get the suspicious 'witness' being cryptic for a few more eps, but show actually let us know he's a bad egg already, yay for speedy plot development. Guess our zombie was some kind of bodyguard for little So-ri? Am thinking fake witness might not be the one who put the bullets through Moo-young, cause he doesn't seem to be surprised in the you're-back-from-the-dead-! way when he saw Moo-young.

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I love the Mortal Kombat-type scene including a computer-animated boar (Metowaeji) where the battle that defeated by Moo-young the zombie took place. I saw the logo belongs to Kpop boyband Infinite.

In my another interesting note, Lee Tae-kyun was belong to Sun-ji family (see https://asianwiki.com/Zombie_Detective under "Sun-ji's family"). His family where he belonged to this had rarely used the different surnames (other surnames are Sun-young and Joon-woo) and I think it was the funniest family despite of the different surnames.

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This is the 2020 drama i didnt know i needed. it's weird and whacky and everything i need to get out of my own head for a while

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This show is delivering all the laughs! I actually like the fact that the actors are going all the way to look ridiculously funny. While CJH is superb here but i must also commend the FL.. PJH, she had no qualms looking completely unglamorous esp with that boxing outfit. Even the drunk make-up is so unusually unappealing, but realistic. Normally you see female leads who are supposed to be drunk and yet still look without any single hair out of place and still beautifully made-up.

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I was kinda disapointed they didn't use The Heirs's OST Love is the Moment because Choi Jin Hyuk was Lee Min Ho's big bro. But I love all the references I can see : Mr Sunshine, Love Actually, Boys over Flowers, etc.

There was a BTS video with Samuel Hammington's son scared by Choi Jin Hyuk's make up :D

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Omg the heirs moment! I laughed so much, poor CJH's character was wasted.

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Even as a zombie HE IS HOT! and here I am looking like a potato being a human, alive and kicking. Choi Jin Hyuk is sooo droolworthy!

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ALMOST PARAADISE~~

I lost it at that scene where he imagines his life like a Chaebol. I need to see the outtakes from this drama! I really hope they release something online, it seems like such a fun environment on set!

I was expecting the mystery to be far more complicated, I think our zombie was the bodyguard for Soo-ri and he was killed trying to protect her or he witnessed her murder?,
I'm assuming the little girl is dead but then why would he continue keep the mother alive?

They have got to let the brother in law meet the zombie, he is trying so hard! Let him make a blockbuster film, he's so pitiful to watch.

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I laughed so hard when Gopchang (tripe) was served. They played Dae Jang Geum's Onara (A Jewel in the Palace)!

This drama is so so so funny. It will be a cult classic drama for sure!
Choi Jin-hyuk is amaaaazing!
I really hope he will be nominated and won KBS drama awards best actor in mini series for this role.

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i LOVE this!

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I had found the Sun-ji annoying, but she got a whole lot better after finding out Moo-young is a zombie. She became funny and even sort of endearing. I rewatched several times that scene of her dressing up in all that gear to ask him for her share of the reward money and freaking out after the appendix removal, worried about her other organs. The side characters are also endearing.

That missing-heir/makjang scenario that Moo-young envisioned was brilliant. Usually, such a scene would last half a minute just to give you a funny glimpse of the what-if scenario. But this went on and on with multiple scenes and background music changes to give us 4 minutes of straight LOL.

I am worried about Moo-young's appetite getting hungrier...

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Thanks for recapping (or is is wee capping) this show @missvictrix. So many times I have to replay a scene over because I've laughed so much and my head gets thrown back.
They are surely having so much fun with all the meta and not taking themselves seriously.
The part that really killed me though was when she asked "do you go to the bathroom? Have you ever used a bidet?"
Love the BIL who is totally into zombies - maybe he will make a movie with a real zombie! Her sister is still a bit over the top but the son is adorable.
Can't figure out the two across the street but I'm curious how they are going to be woven into the story later on.

This show will be fun to rewatch when it's all done just so I can enjoy CJH all over again.

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Yes!!! I was convinced they were setting up for a romance,the timing of that comment was brilliant.

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I hope he doesn't have to go #2. Eating only raw meat and no veggies probably causes constipation. In which case, using a bidet would be best. But who knows - I don't know much about zombie physiology.

The sister is sometimes too shrill (if I had a freeloading younger sister who should be old enough to take care of herself, I would get shrill too), but I loved it when she attacked the cult leader through the jail cell bars because he tried to stab her sister.

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Whether he has to do #2 or not or uses bidet or not, we can at least be quite sure he'll be immaculate because he's a stickler to cleanliness and he can literally bend over backwards to clean every nook and cranny ><

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I lost it at "Makjangs are bad for your health" asdklfjasfj this drama is great with humor. I'm pleased with how it's keeping up the pace too- which is good because I think we're at the halfway point now

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This has got to be one of funniest drama I have ever watched! Thanks for the wecaps and I agree that this drama plays with all the tropes but does it very well. I like that it doesn’t take its self to seriously, but at the same time has som serious moments. The twist at the end of ep 6 was interesting. I knew something felt off about our informant from the beginning. I too almost died with laughter at the fantasy sequence , that and the boar scene were the highlights for me.

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I love this drama so much!
2020 just keeps on being shit but for two hours a week I get to escape :)

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Guys, when it says "12 episodes" does that mean 12 hours? Or 12 half hours? Because I need more of this, please.

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@lemonylite 12 one-hour episodes :) #moreCJHplease

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Oh that's such a relief!
I'd happily watch 20 episodes of this tbh

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Having heard so much about "Almost Paradise" all over dramabeans, the Zombie Detective finally gave me a soundbite of it without having to suffer through the original series. Thank you, Zombie-nim!
One of my highlights was the scene when Zombie was eyeing Hodu the Dog/Snack, trying hard not to bite its head off, while poor Sun Ji thought he missed his family.

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