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Tale of the Nine Tailed: Episode 11

Now that the imoogi and his loyal servant have made their offers, our leads each have to decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to protect what they hold dear. It looks like Team Serpent has everyone where they want them, but things might not go as smoothly as they anticipated. Unfortunately for them, our team has proven quite resourceful when their backs are against the wall.

 
EPISODE 11: “Chinese Lantern Plant”

Yeon pulls the imoogi to a secluded spot and says his follower gave him up easily. The imoogi clarifies that was on his orders. Yeon runs him through with his sword, but it does nothing; he’s no longer borrowing a body.

Their fight takes them to a rooftop where the imoogi claims to be older than Yeon imagines. Yeon recites that he was born during a plague and spent 1,000 years underwater to become a god. The imoogi laments it all went wrong when he was spotted by a human during his ascension. Yeon observes it’s a pity, but that’s life.

While the imoogi offers to spare Yeon’s loved ones if he relinquishes his body, the CEO reveals himself to Jia. He taunts that she’s already seen her parents but didn’t recognize them. He knew they’d come in handy one day since Jia would do anything to save them. The CEO looks alarmed as Jia grabs her chest in pain.

The imoogi is still fine with their old deal of taking Yeon’s heart, although he’d rather possess his body whole. Yeon flat out rejects the deal, saying he doesn’t trust him to honor it. Yeon’s playful demeaner drops when the imoogi says he wants Jia. “I like her.” Yeon responds to that with his fist.

They end up back on the street where Yeon begins wielding the elements, but the imoogi has powers of his own. “I want to die right now,” he proclaims. Someone jumps off a building. Yeon watches in horror as people begin committing suicide one by one. He manages to save a few but screams echo all around him.

Jia gasps in pain, and the CEO notes with glee that she truly is connected to the imoogi as his vessel. She scathingly asks if being a traitor wasn’t enough for him. The CEO rants that he was called a traitor for being born poor and dreaming of a better world.

His face lights up as he says it’s then that he met the imoogi. He had to sacrifice his wife, children, and mother, but he got to live. Wow. He puts a sleeping draught in Jia’s hand. All she needs to do is put Yeon to sleep.

At the Afterlife Immigration Office, Hyun Eui-ong massages Taluipa’s shoulders and reminisces about their son. “Don’t say that unfilial child’s name in front of me,” Taliupa warns. Hyun Eui-ong angrily accuses Taluipa of causing his death; he wouldn’t have committed suicide had she not killed his wife. Whoa.

Taluipa counters that the girl was possessed by a yeokgwui (plague ghost) – should she have let her spread a plague instead? He sighs that he’s the crazy one for trying to understand her when she’s always just been the god of the border.

They’re interrupted by an alert on their phones informing them 132 people just committed suicide. On the street, Rang watches the ambulances whoosh by and wonders what the imoogi is up to.

At the station, “Terry” returns as the team is trying to make sense of the bizarre mass suicide. He pretends to be shocked by the news. He hands over the mummy footage and assures Team Leader Choi that Jia was nice to him. Meanwhile, Jia ignores a call from the worried Yeon as she contemplates the CEO’s offer.

Shin-joo brings Yoo-ri to his and Yeon’s place (although she thinks it’s just his) and cooks her a Russian meal to remind her of home. She takes a bite and smiles – the scent takes her back.

Outside, Rang hears a child wailing. Puppy Boy (with a bruised face) runs smack into him and hides behind him as his stepdad chases after him. Rang pushes the man away and offers Puppy Boy a choice: ask for his help and never see his stepdad again or say nothing and Rang walks away.

Intimidated by his stepdad, Puppy Boy (whose name is Soo-ho) squeezes his eyes shut and says he should go home, but he holds onto Rang’s jacket all the while. Rang says okay and walks away but immediately turns back when Puppy Boy begins crying.

Shin-joo bravely tells Yoo-ri he wants to be her family. Like Rang and Yeon, family are people you can’t throw away even if you want to. He encourages her to stop living a dead girl’s life and become true family with him.

This romantic interlude comes to a screeching halt when Yeon pops in to ask if Shin-joo has seen Jia. Yoo-ri is appalled to learn Yeon lives there too. She takes a call from Rang and whatever he says confounds her.

At home, Jia considers the sleeping draught and heads out. She’s startled to find Yeon waiting outside her gate. He presents her with a new pair of sneakers, remembering it’s one her favorite things.

He puts the shoes on her and wonders why she looks so sad. Jia says she’s just realized how warm the word “shoes” can be. “I like you,” Yeon confesses, to the point of giving his life for her. Jia looks down self-consciously before smiling and suggesting a walk.

Rang dumps Puppy Boy’s unconscious stepdad at the mansion for the CEO to turn into a Chinese lantern. The CEO takes out a seed, created by the imoogi, and puts it into the man’s mouth. The seed absorbs his vaporous form and turns into a lantern. The CEO ingests him and, seeing his memories, notes with surprise that Rang saved a kid.

Puppy Boy happily drinks Yoo-ri’s milk as Yoo-ri and Shin-joo babysit him at Rang’s. Yoo-ri is not a fan and picks petty fights with the kid. Ha. Shin-joo intervenes and asks about the kid’s mom. Puppy Boy states his mom got tired of being hit and ran off with some guy. That’s why his stepdad is mad at him. Aw.

As they walk, Jia brings up the book The Little Mermaid. She was so sure she’d kill the prince to live, if it were her. Now that she has “a prince” she likes so much, she’s unsure. Yeon thinks it’d be better to kill the witch that cursed her.

Jia pulls out the sleeping draught and tells him about the CEO’s deal. He holds it and asks what she wants. Jia asks for his help catching the witch.

At the mansion, the CEO wonders if Rang is going to throw his life away over the brother he hated so much. He informs Rang that Yeon met the imoogi and was told Jia, her parents, and Rang were at his mercy. Did Rang even get a concerned phone call?

The CEO hits him where it hurts when he laughs that Rang was abandoned again. Rang sounds like he’s convincing himself as he says Yeon told him he never abandoned him. When the CEO scoffs that “saving” Rang was merely a part of Yeon’s ultimate plan to save Jia, Rang screams at him to shut up.

Rang blinks back tears as he thinks of Yeon threatening to kill him if he hurt Jia. The CEO continues coaxing like a devil on his shoulder. Is that who he’s going to throw his life away for?

Yoo-ri watches disgustedly as Shin-joo wipes Puppy Boy’s nose with his hand. She holds the phone up to Shin-joo’s ear when Rang calls demanding to know where Yeon is.

Yeon goes to see Taluipa with Jia in tow. She is mighty displeased and orders the human out. Jia holds her own and presses on, announcing she plans to rebel against her fate. Taluipa complains her and Yeon are the same – he playfully bumps Jia’s shoulder and says they’re soulmates, ha – but likes her gutsiness.

Jia wants to borrow Taluipa’s sight to find her parents. In exchange, “we’ll catch the imoogi, Lee Yeon and I, together.” He nods his assent, making Taliupa sigh and roll her eyes.

Outside, Jia almost collapses from nerves, but Hyun Eui-ong laughs that her nervousness wasn’t obvious. Hyun Eui-ong preens when she says it’s a relief to know that someone warm-hearted like him is the one to greet the recently deceased.

Inside, Yeon can’t understand why Taluipa isn’t destroying the imoogi. She reminds him Jia carries a piece of the imoogi inside her, and it can’t be extracted. The imoogi has already awakened, and Jia’s fate as a sacrifice is sealed.

Yeon now understands why Taluipa warned him against meeting Jia again. He thanks her, “but I still choose her.” Taluipa shares that Jia’s parents are held in the Chinese lanterns. Yeon blows her a kiss and excitedly rushes out to retrieve Jia.

Hyun Eui-ong kindly tells Jia to return here and say his name three times if she needs him. In the car, Yeon tells Jia about her parents. The tree has been moved, so they’ll have to locate it. Rang watches them drive away and recalls the CEO’s reminder that he has 24 hours left to bring Yeon.

The CEO calls the imoogi to tell him his discord sowing with Rang went well. He thinks Rang’s “obsessive” and twisted feelings regarding Yeon will work in their favor. The imoogi warns him against underestimating Yeon, but the CEO thinks the imoogi’s three traps are enough to ensure their victory.

As Rang obsesses over the CEO’s words, he smiles to get a call from Yeon. But all he asks is if Rang knows about the tree Jia’s parents are trapped in. Rang says he’ll try to find it and tells Yeon to meet him the next day.

Sae-rom and Jae-hwan invite themselves to Yeon’s place, and Yeon is less than thrilled that they’re staying for dinner. Meanwhile, Rang drinks and broods while he stares at the azalea from Yeon and ruminates over Taluipa’s assertion that dying is the only way out of a contract.

Over dinner, Jia’s colleagues keep unintentionally offending Yeon with their questions and ideas about gumiho. At the mansion, Rang dejectedly agrees to do it. He can’t kill Yeon himself, but he’ll lure him. The CEO gives Rang the sleeping draught and tells him to stay the night at the mansion.

The following day, the CEO watches Yeon arrive at the meeting spot. At the station, “Terry” gets along swimmingly with his new colleagues, impressing them with his breadth of knowledge. Team Leader Choi proclaims that they’ll have a welcome party for him that night.

Yeon finds the garden café a weird meeting choice, but he pokes around when Rang suggests he pick some flowers for Jia. Rang uses the opportunity to slip the drug into a cup of coffee while the CEO watches the security footage from his car.

At the table, Yeon goes to grab the coffee, but Rang stops him. What is he to Yeon? Yeon sighs at this frustratingly familiar conversational turn. He’s family – annoying family that likes to make him miserable. He yells that he’s sick of Rang’s whining.

Rang notes that he treats Jia much better, and Yeon agrees. Jia is stronger and doesn’t whine, even though she has a tragic family history. Rang finds it funny that he’s always looked up to Yeon as perfect, although he’s never treated him kindly.

He tells Yeon to drink. Yeon scoffs. Does he think he doesn’t know Rang put something in his coffee? He tells the startled Rang he’s kidding and gulps it down.

Rang sidesteps Yeon’s question about the lanterns and muses that after Yeon saved him in the forest, he thought he should die for him. But now he wants to live. “Will you die, hyung?” Rang asks and hits him with a vase.

Rang knows he can’t take Yeon in a fair fight and tosses the drug bottle to a fading Yeon. As he drops to the ground, Rang seethes that he wouldn’t have done this had Yeon cared about him half as much as he does about Jia. Yeon calls him an idiot and passes out.

Rang sits despondently as the CEO makes sure Yeon is out and calls the imoogi who’s at his welcome dinner. Jia watches him and follows when he gets up. Ah, she knows, doesn’t she? She scolds him for rudely leaving without a word.

He gets nervous when she says she has questions, but she just asks about his favorite book. It’s “A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments” by Roland Barthes. He likes a narcissistic quote about praising yourself for choosing a person lauded as perfect. Jia drags him back inside to the dinner.

At the café, Rang wants the CEO to officially end their contract since he did his part, but the CEO says it’s not over until he has Yeon’s heart. Rang manages to get under his skin by remarking he must be unable act on his own, seeing as he was born a slave. He laughs and asks how he felt hearing his family’s screams as the imoogi killed them.

Angered, the CEO agrees to end his contract and goes to cut out Yeon’s heart. Rang stops the blade and sends him flying. Unlike some, he doesn’t hand over his family like property.

The CEO orders him to die for breaching the contract. “I won’t die,” he says and shifts back into himself: Yeon. Ha! Rang wakes up with a headache, and the CEO is shocked to hear this switcheroo happened the night before.

Yeon had met Rang at the bar and apologized for not knowing he was in danger. Rang blinked back tears, saying he couldn’t see a way out of the contract. Yeon suggested switching places and giving the CEO what he wants.

Now, the CEO rages at their audacity. He goes to stab Yeon, but Yeon easily twists his arm and makes the CEO stab himself. When the CEO orders Rang to kill Yeon, Yeon grabs him by the throat and threatens to really kill him if he keeps bothering his little brother.

Yeon offers him a choice: change the contract or die by his hand. The CEO gasps out for Rang to save him and thereby fulfill his contract. He leads Rang to the lantern tree.

Jia continues to stall the imoogi, insisting he should share a ride with her. He’s itching to leave but won’t say no to her. While they wait, he asks what her boyfriend is like. When she deems him like a fairy tale, the imoogi advises her to break up with him. Fairy tales don’t end well.

After the CEO literally runs away, Rang watches the fiery band on his finger dissipate with relief. The brothers lightheartedly joke that Rang should become an actor with that kind of skill.

As soon as Jia receives a picture of the tree, she drops the act. She calls “Terry” out for pretending to be human when he’s truly just her parents’ enemy.

The imoogi laughs to realize she knows his identity. We see that Yeon clued her in the previous night and assured her the imoogi can’t kill her. Jia resists as the imoogi grabs her arm and agrees that he likes her too much to kill her. Ewww, he creepily kisses her hand before walking away.

Jia runs home in tears and is relieved to see a smiling Yeon outside her place. She runs into his arms, and they go inside together. Jia stares at the two pairs of shoes at the door. Her parents stand in the living room, staring at family photos. Yeon watches with a smile as Jia runs and throws her arms around them.


 
COMMENTS

Yay for communication this hour! I love that Jia told Yeon about the choice the CEO gave her that very day, Yeon told her what he knew about the imoogi, and they immediately started working together on a plan. Even Taluipa finally gave up the location of Jia’s parents when they approached her as a unified force. She also confirmed that Jia and the imoogi are in a live-together-or-die together type of situation, so I wonder how they’ll kill the imoogi without Jia dying too.

Then we had that awesome teamwork by the brothers. I figured Rang wasn’t going to go back to the dark side, but he did have me nervous there for a bit since he’s so volatile. I have to say, Yeon does a mean Rang impression and vice versa. It’s hilarious that they basically had a self-roasting session as they fought from each other’s perspective. I particularly loved that Rang yelled about how annoyingly whiny he is and that Jia is way stronger in dealing with her tragedy. That’s one way to come to terms with your faults. I was really glad they used Jia’s unique position with the imoogi in their plan. Yeon’s earlier behavior made me worry he’d constantly try to exclude her in the name of protecting her, but thankfully, he’s gotten over that.

For the first time, the imoogi seemed legitimately threatening this hour. He’s been pretty tame since he took human form, but that mass suicide was a terrible display of his capabilities. Not only can he read thoughts but he’s able to entirely control behavior, and it seems like Jia is the only human immune. I wonder if that’s because of their link or if it’s something about her personally. And then there’s his creepy stalker behavior. The way he constantly watches her has been unsettling, but that hand kiss upped the creep factor. I feel bad for Jia having to endure his unwanted attentions, but she’s the only one with any sort of power over the imoogi right now, so her role might be critical.

At least she got her parents back. I’m glad they’ve reunited, even though I expected popping them out of their lanterns would be more difficult and take longer. I imagine being trapped for over 20 years does a number on you mentally, and we don’t know what it feels like in there. Did time pass normally for them or was it like being frozen in time? Being back will be an adjustment, but I’m hoping they’ll have some useful information either about the imoogi or about Jia. They’ve known something was unique about her since she was little, and that kind of information could be helpful in this fight.

Families were being brought together left and right this episode. Rang even took in Puppy Boy! I knew he’d end up saving that kid sooner or later. I didn’t even think of the potential hilarity of having Yoo-ri as a babysitter. Thank goodness for Shin-joo because things would’ve devolved quickly had Yoo-ri been in charge. She’s so petty but it somehow makes her more endearing. Shin-joo sure took things up a notch by straightforwardly saying he wants them to be a family. Now that he and Yoo-ri are more involved and Rang is definitively on Yeon’s team, I’m looking forward to all of Yoo-ri’s sniping as she’s forced to work alongside Yeon.

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Yes, yay for communication! Totally what I felt - thank god Ji-ah wasn't like "nothing" when Yeon asked her like I expected her to say (previous Kdrama flashbacks). This is why couples work better when they scheme and plan together LOL

Yoo-ri better not end up hurting Shin Joo because I will be pissed lol

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I just want to say that this episode demonstrates just how much Rang trusts Yeon. Like, he knowingly drank the drugged coffee! He knew he was going to be completely vulnerable and trusted his hyung to protect him. That is just amazing to me. And super touching.

The dialogue between Rang and Yeon also got me thinking. I rewatched the part where they were pretending to be each other, and I was struck by how well they impersonated each other. The first time through I knew they had to be acting (something about it was just off), but I didn’t expect that they had swapped identities (I thought maybe the cups were swapped). Yeon said Rang’s lines so well. I wonder if they discussed the script beforehand with an open brother-to-brother talk? Or have they just argued so many times that they could improvise lines for eachother? lol. Anyways, I'm so happy that my baby Rang is free.

It’s still not clear to me exactly when Rang and Yeon traded places. Yeon called Rang, and then Ji-Ah’s colleagues arrived immediately. Yeon was having dinner with Ji-Ah and her colleagues when Rang was at the bar. So I’m assuming that Yeon went to Rang after dinner, and then Yeon (disguised as Rang) went to the CEO guy?

Taluipa said she hadn’t killed the Imoogi yet because she didn’t want to hurt Yeon. I doubt that’s the whole reason though… while I don’t exactly buy the theory that the Imoogi is Bok Gil, I think there’s definitely a connection. Bok Gil’s wife had been causing a plague, and the Imoogi talks about plagues a lot… Bok Gil keeps coming up... I’m itching for answers…

So that's why the child Imoogi was always reading (and still reads)! He sure is a fast learner, to master three languages and other things in a matter of weeks. And I got goosebumps when he said "I was alone with my babysitters." Yeah, and then he ate them (shivers)

Swooning moment: “My only purpose in life was to meet her again.”

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That last line was indeed very swoony! He acts like a proud boyfriend introducing his girlfriend to the family ><

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I also rewatched the scene at the garden cafe a couple of times. I thought they had planned to go act like Yeon had passed so they could get CEO, I never expected the body switch, so when watching again it was touching: they both told his brother what they have been hearing for years and that made them mad. They know each other so well, their connection is so strong, their bond and love is so deep.

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Yeon and Rang traded places at the bar the previous night. Rang met Yeon as he was about to leave after brooding for hours. So it was Yeon pretending to be Rang who spent the night at the evil dude's mansion.

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Totally agree @quirkycase! The best thing about this ep was communication. Soooooo good to see information being shared promptly - people respecting each other enough not to fly off the handle with the news, and people trusting each other to actually be a help when information is shared. Kind of sad that it feels so much like a breath of fresh air in Kdramaland...

Loved the Rang-Yeon swap! I guessed there would be a Plan B at work, but I didn't actually spot the body swap. A brilliant format, as noted, to get each character to consider their counterpart's view and learn something from it.

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Unfortunately, I notice mis-communication happens a lot in the romance genre. Perhaps not enough plot or story to warrant 16 episodes, so many of them use noble idiocy or forced separation to fill in the gap/run-time. Very frustrating imo. Anyways, yes Jia and Yeon's relationship feels like a married couple vibes. I love that she's no damsel in distress, but has her own group of friends separate from Yeon and her own life as well. It also helps that Jo Bo-ah and Lee Dong Wook are some of the most beautiful actors working today.

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Wow, this episode started with a bang! Didn't quite realize Yeon was stabbing Imoogi, but of course he would. And Imoogi amping his villainy by dead-dropping 132 people like fleas o_O

Am happy to find out more about Imoogi used to have loftier ambition than merely stealing Yeon's girlfriend. So did he become the chaos/plague/death in the process of avenging himself because some human botched his chance of being a (dragon) deity? Or has he always been chaos/plague/death and will even be worse if he ever becomes a deity? Also, what's with him being smiley to a little girl and the bird resurrection in the earlier episode? Is that to make him creepier or is it hinting at a smidgeon of decency inside?

Finally, finally got what we've been waiting for with the brothers working together. The "self-roasting session" was indeed a bonus after we learned about the switcheroo. To be fair, Yeon has so far consistently shown he's not that fond of clingy people. Maybe Ji-ah independent and stubborn (and oftentimes reckless) streak is a big part of what attracts him to her. It's quite refreshing that he, more than once, trust Ji-ah to face-off with Imoogi.

The only annoying thing is damn Traitor escaping to live another day, ugh when will he get his comeuppance!

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I was also wondering about the scene in the cafe and Imoogi smiling to the little girl. I mean, if it was for PPL purposes they didn't need to get the little girl in the scene... I keep thinking about those little details.

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I'm guessing show is telling us that Imoogi has a tiny little bit of humanity left that would be useful for his ultimate downfall?

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Ooh, I like that theory! And I think Lee Tae-ri can ace a many-layered villain too.

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Maybe the part with the girl was to show how good he is at pretending to be innocent. About the bird... I was always suspicious that he might be using it as a spy or some other ulterior purpose.

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You mean like using the bird's eyes to check things out? It's possible. Maybe his mind-reading power only works on a certain radius. Am also wondering if he is capable of reading Yeon's.

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He can't read Jia, we already know. But maybe that's because Jia is partially him.

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Yeah, I guess that's also why she's immune to Yeon's forgetfulness spell. Too bad, have been hoping Ji-ah as a human has her own brand of power...

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I swear Rang really grew on me as the episodes went and the bromance between lee dong wook and Kim bum is just so heartwarming. For me their bromance really stands out to me because of how angsty their relationship is, just like any other romantic relationship haha. I loved that they worked together and this clearly solidified their trust in each other. That twist really caught me by surprise. I keep forgetting that gumiho’s can transform into other people.

Also I’m glad Ji ah and Yeon talked things out like real adults. They really are one of my favourites this year, courtesy of the actors phenomenal chemistry.

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Tbh, the true OTP in this show are my distracting foxes.
The way they love and care for each other is just both ❤️ and 💔.

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I 100% agree the heartbreak and love is just 😍

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Wow. In one episode they explained both the plague and Korea's high suicide rate.

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Lmao. Your comments never fail to make me laugh.

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I agree, communication was a vital part of this episode. Like, imagine the million different ways it could've gone wrong:
1. Ji-ah not telling Yeon about CEO's bargain
2. Yeon not recognizing Rang's pain and apologizing
3. Yeon not telling Ji-ah about Imoogi's identity
4. Ji-ah and Yeon not standing up to Taluipa

The switcheroo caught me by surprise since I was only thinking that Rang would switch the cups and drink the spiked one, I didn't expect that they'd actually switch identities. Lol. That's some mind games right there, Yeon!

Yooow I like this sinister Imoogi with the sinister powers way better! Yes show, give us a proper villain instead of an infatuated pretty guy! Me like!

Shin-joo x Yoo-ri x Geumdoong make such a pretty, albeit chaotic, picture! Our poor Shin-joo has to take care of 3 kids now. 🤣

Lastly, I liked that Ji-ah held out her hand for Yeon to take. I don't often see that in dramaland and love her all the more for it.

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Lol at Shin Joo taking care of three kids. Let's add worrying about Yuri's father figure, Rang.

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Let's make it four: Yeon, YuRi, Rang and Puppy Boy.
I'm so scared ShinJoo gets hurt now that he has to take care of so many foxes.

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I didn't include Rang for episode 11 yet, but he's added as of episode 12. Shin-joo is definitely the adult fox here lol.

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Have not seen ep12 yet. Now I want to watch it.

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I am also relieved we have now a proper villain, I was a bit annoyed by pouty teenager Imoogi, tbh.

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Right? Even his orangey lipstick was annoying. Freakin' love this version now that we actually see what he's capable of. He's pretty, more than deadly, and is enough of a challenge for your distracting foxes!

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Im so glad Rang stuck to helping Yeon, the brothers’ scene at the cafe was awesome. On the other hand, Imoogi’s objective is really boring 😴

And I’d like to tell angry Granny that Fate Can Be Changed, you’re not supposed to lie around waiting for your life to just happen.

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That is the only thing that bugged me about this episode - why can't fate be changed? And is the Imoogi only evil because he's fated to be evil?

This series is good at pointing out it doesn't always have to be "this or that". There is a third option if you're creative, patient, and courageous enough.

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Ohh I want more YooRi sniping at Yeon! And Yeon finding her endearing and tolerating her snarky attitude for Rang and Shin Joo.

I wanted Rang to adopt that Puppy Boy with Yeon. I got my wish! Bonus that evil step dad got his comeuppance.

Sulky Yeon walking towards that garden place to meet Rang was similar to Rang pretending to be Yeon infront of Taluipa. What threw me off was Rang waiting for him. I did not think they would do the switcheroo. BRiLLIANT!

Creepy Imoogi has horrible powers but I am glad he is more than stalkerish so it will be more satisfying when the foxes take him down.

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I thought episode 9 would be the perfect one on this drama, but then episode 11 happened. Wow. Just wow.

I loved everything on it: people and foxes talking to each other, no noble idiocy around, families reunited (human and foxy)... even Imoogi being creepy for the first time (that mass suicide scene was really scary).

I still don't know how our team can find a solution to the obvious, that JiA has a part of the Imoogi inside of her and killing Imoogi would kill her. The only hint I got was when Taluipa (was it her?) said that she could get rid of Imoogi only if Imoogi willingly walks out of her body. I guess that's the solution, but... how?

I'm afraid that now that I see all this I'm beginning to think there can be a happy ending to my distracting foxes and extended family, which is something I had been avoiding so far.

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Am still holding on to the hope of HEA all around... *forms a prayer circle*

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I keep thinking about the third trap which the CEO mentioned. If Rang was the first, and Jia the second, what's/who's the third? It did occur to me it might be Jia's parents. Or even Jia's boss since the vegetable juice seller saw something interesting when she held his hand (but that's a long shot).

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Yeah, there's something just a little bit...off when it comes to the parents. I felt that more in episode 12 (there's a particular line Yeon says then that strikes me, so I leave it for now), but I was also wondering if they are the third trap.

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I'm not totally fine with the parents, they are too joyful and smiley and have accepted the fact that they lost 20 years of their life very easily, don't they?
I think there's something odd about them, I thought they should have aged, shouldn't they?

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Yeah, they feel a bit like...empty shells almost. Or puppets, kind of. Maybe imoogi is pulling their strings? The more I think about it, the more I wonder if that line from ep 12 I'm thinking of is a clue. To discuss on that recap!!

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Ooh, I think I know which line you're thinking of... yeah...

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The ceo says to Rang while talking at his house that they have 3 hostages, Jia, her parents, and Rang himself. Right before he asks for if Rang got a concerned phone call.

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This was a fantastic episode, and I particularly loved that it clearly demonstrates that you don't need to sacrifice good communication for to have a good story. It felt so...novel and refreshing for a k-drama! The best part of this was that everyone is talking to each other - honestly, transparently and without delay: I didn't know, I'm sorry. This happened, will you help me? Let's find a way. Let's do it together. Let's live, you and I.

I did really think it was sweet when Yeon gently asks Ji-ahs, "Did something happen?" She nods, and all he says is, "To me, too." He doesn't push her to tell him and waits until she's ready. That whole scene leading into the sneakers and the walk was really well done, and revealing about the confidence Yeon clearly has in Ji-ah and in what they are doing.

The standout scene has got to be the brothers bait-and-switch at the arboretum. Wow. When you watch it the second time, knowing what you know, it's just uncanny how well they do that. Talk about walking a mile in someone else's shoes - that's some serious insight each got into their brother, all the while cancelling a nefarious contract and basically saving lives. Gold star, uri foxes. While the Yeon/Ji-ah and Shin-ju/Yu-ri relationships are growing on me more and more, it's ultimately the bromance that has center stage in my heart.

I'm glad that Ji-ah got her parents back, but at the same time something feels off about that. And I also feel like Taluipa is starting to feel a pressure and a pull she didn't anticipate to do the right thing, which most definitely will mean breaking some rules....

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I've already said that the true OPT in this show are my distracting foxes. And it's exactly what you say: when you rewatch the scene knowing they have switched, it's so illuminating about their relation, how deep it is and how well they know each other.
I was ready to say goodbye to one of them, but now I'm not.
Ouch.

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Absolutely, the true MVP OTP are the distracting foxes. ❤ We just cannot lose any of them now. I simply refuse.

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Although the show has shown Taluipa to be a stickler for the rules and tradition, I can't shake this feeling that there's something more which Taluipa has not revealed yet about what she actually knows about Yeon-Jia-Imoogi connection. My suspicions have only deepened with the hindsight of developments in Ep 12, especially a comment by Jia's colleagues. May bring this up for that episode's recaps, if I remember (and if it's still relevant) :)

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I think so, too. Her eyes get all shifty behind those retro frames when everyone starts probing. I hope you expand on it on the ep 12 recap! :-)

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Sadly, we will have to wait more for the next episodes :/ I'll probably have to extend by Viki subscription as well lol I have no problem in that now since I've realised the subtitles are better in Viki but I still prefer Netflix.

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Alright (nods approvingly), come through, plot twist! This, for me, was the most satisfying episode of this show to date. The brothers' swap scene was quite effective. In the last episode, and most of this one, I was hoping Rang wouldn't give in and sacrifice himself for Yeon too easily, as I didn't feel that there had been sufficient emotional resolution to their conflict. But then going back and seeing that Yeon had approached Rang with sympathy, and an actual apology, was fairly satisfying.

But yeah, Imoogi really levelled up as a villain in this episode. That opening sequence was horrifying, and I really felt like he was back to the levels of scariness he displayed in child form. I feel like now that he's showing his true colors, at least we can guess the final villain arc is going to contain sufficient peril, dread and creepiness to keep it interesting. Because this current Imoogi is kind of lacking some of the ancient, evil gravitas that he displayed in the king, Ah-eum, child Imoogi, and even in baby Jia. The young actor isn't terrible, but I wonder if they could have matched the character more consistently, because all of those other iterations seemed to have stronger personalities. Thanks for recapping!

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So my prediction is correct, Imoogi did try to become a dragon, and he even almost succeeded. Now I can understand why he said he is supposed to be in Yeon's position. Mountain gods are usually chosen from strong yokais, if Imoogi managed to become a dragon, it might be him that is chosen and not Yeon.

And on Taluipa's killing of her daughter-in-law, I somehow think there is another meaning there. Her daughter-in-law meaning Yeomra's niece-in-law, and not just any normal god can go there and kill her, possessed or not. And certainly no one from the underworld dares to, which leaves Taluipa and Yeomra himself. On the other side, gods from Heavens might not care that much about her status. Imagine if a god of Heavens got into a struggle with Yeomra's nephew, it's a recipe for war. So rather than the alternatives, Taluipa probably chose to dirty her own hands. She probably expected her son to move on eventually, just like typical god, but of course he chose suicide.

Really looking forward how Imoogi will plan his next steps. Wonder if he will cause national wide disaster next.

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As much as I love Lee Dong Wook (and I do love to look at him), Kim Bum is mesmerizing in this drama. His scenes with Yeon are outstanding, but his scenes with "Blacky" are even better. I could watch him interact with that kid all day long.

Lee Dong Wook commands any scene he's in, but when the two of them are together, they both command - which is apropos. This is what makes a drama better than average. Rang immediately stirred me despite his "bad guy" status in the beginning, mostly because it was so obvious how much Yeon meant to him.

This is great casting and I'm hoping this will compel a drama with Kim Bum in the lead and a well written very intelligent character.

Their switcheroo at the end of this episode was so pleasing I couldn't help but laugh out loud. Not sure I understand the lore regarding nine tailed foxes, but if they are really like these two characters, I'm all in.

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Yes! LDW and KB together are the best duo I've seen (in my mind, only the Gong Yoo and LDW duo can compare). Individually they are phenomenal, and together they make fireworks (to use a Chinese expression).

Totally agree, love KB with the kid!

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Great actors elevate good writing, which is the case here. Due to the actors (every role is written well/given pathos/depth), and its all due to this that this show feels so fun and suspenseful to watch. One of my surprise watches of 2020, and also one of the best K-dramas of 2020 as well!!

Actors are what makes a role iconic. As shown here with LDW and KB's portrays of Yeon and Rang. Talk about iconic brother duo right? Kim Bum is cute and charismatic and pretty, why has he not been elevated to ML status??? He's worked for such a long time, starting from High Kick! He's a 2nd ML in the new law JTBC drama next.

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I've got to say, the Imoogi is growing on me. Now that I've seen his evil side, I feel the show has gained a worthy adversary and I hope this'll lead to fierce battles of wits and cleverness!

Yeah, I'm a little starstruck. 😍 I like my evil evil. Thank you, show!

Also, I feel like I could understand and accept his lack of clear goals seeing as he's been simply waiting for so long just to...be something else. Similarly to a teenager finally getting the driver's licence, he's ready to own the world. What he means to achieve having it, is far off.

What great all-rounded characters this show is proving to have! Surprisingly, I care about them all. Tale of the nine-tailed is on it's marry way to achieving an end-of-the-year bean for itself.

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A few late thoughts:

- Imoogi got a lot more menacing and capital E Evil with his "I want to die right now". Another supernatural being with a knack for a dramatic gesture (just like Lee "Return to the earth" Yeon). And I loved the disgusting origin story. They didn't have to show me the footage to create a very horrid picture in my imagination.

- Evil CEO when he shows his true colors: the actor does this nicely, it is something else than his usual roles were he is "nice old dad".

- Switcheroo: Didn't see it coming. Of course there was something going on, but the parent trap was something else. Nicely done!

- The parents: Definitely something is very off with them. But Jia's happy at last and maybe we don't have to return to the island to fulfill my nightmare scenario of last week's recap.

- Puppy Boy: What's not to love.

- Beautiful Foxes: See Puppy Boy, but with a lot more mature content.

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Things I loved about this episode:

- Yeon slow clapping L’Imoogi for being an idiot and getting caught on his phone whilst taking his dragon test
- Sassy Yeon in general
- The reference to Imoogi/Dragon Lore
- Yeon calling L’Imoogi’s bluff
- L’Imoogi thinking he’s somehow trustworthy when he’s a literal snake
- Shinjoo being the best boyfriend ever
- PUPPIES SAVING PUPPIES
- Yeon crossing his arms on JiA’s knees (Idc what other people feel, I love this couple lol)
- Yeon’s cute as shit face and his annoying smirks
- Shinjoo being a parent
- Yuri being a child and jealous of Shinjoo’s attention
- ”If I were the little mermaid, I’d kill the sea witch; I’d rather not be her plaything
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- ”I want my voice back, and to find my prince, all the while not turning into sea foam. So come witch hunting with me”
- THEY COMMUNICATE
- JIA DOESN’T GIVE INTO THE BLACKMAIL
- AHHHHH
- LDW’s hands
- Rang looking DISTRAUGHT okay that’s not a LOVE thing exactly, but Ki Bum slays it so
- Yeon nodding encouragingly at Jia saying fate can take a hike
- DEFY YOUR FATE KIDS LET’S GO
- (Yeon apparently only now just realising why Taluipa didn’t want him to find her? Lol)
- “My only purpose in life was to meet her again”- technically he couldn’t avoid it, he had a debt to owe to past A Eum, not to forget her lmao
- YEON’S CHEEKY AF BLOW KISS. I AM DECEASED. HOW DARE HE.
- The Lee Fox Extended Family.
- Craving liver
- The azalea
- THAT SWITCH
- THE BROS BEING BROS
- AND RIPPING EACH OTHER OUT AS EACH OTHER
- RANG NOT GIVING INTO THE BLACKMAIL ALSO
- MY SNEAKY BASTARDS
BRO FACE CUPPING
- “You were good enough to be an actor”
- JiA stalling L’Imoogi like the boss she is
- Rang being free of his deal.
- L’Imoogi not knowing even dark fairytales are for children
- HUGS
- YEON HAD A PLAN AND IT WORKED AND EVERYONE WAS PART OF THE PLAN *throws confetti*
- And now let’s watch it all go to shit hahahaha ha ha ha ahhhh

Things I didn’t love:
- L’Imoogi’s face
- Butler Lackey baiting Rang *LEAF MY PUPPY ALONE*
- L’Imoogi kissing JiA’s hand. *hisses* *gags* *throws him into the sun*

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LMAO! And the comment of the season goes to this!!! I wish this could be pinned

IMOOGI's FACE - DEAD HAHAHAHHAHAHA

Sassy Yeon is my favorite too.

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Yas! Completely agree with your list.
It's a perfect recap for me and @jenmole.
If I could add to the short list of dislikes, there wasn't enough mint choco I've cream time in this ep T_T
Oh. And meal worms, blech.

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♥️ the switch. Speechless for a few seconds.

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Oh my gosh yes I have noticed the absence of Mint Chip Ice Cream these past few episodes! They switched to Coffee Bay ppl! Scandalous! Bring back the ice cream!.

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Was the ice cream PPL? I couldn't figure out the brand on the carton. Was the ice cream shop also PPL?

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YEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!

L’Imoogi thinking he’s somehow trustworthy when he’s a literal snake

I'm dying right now 🤣

Yeon crossing his arms on JiA’s knees (Idc what other people feel, I love this couple lol)

I feel like LDW does an amazing job bringing in the small thing to make his character's feelings seem real and and authentic. Generally the facial expressions he uses, tone of voice, the little things like this, etc. are subtle but (and particularly in this episode) make me feel that the relationship is solid - at least on Yeon's side.

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The fight scenes in the beginning reminded me of Jumper (2008), very cool effects. Imoogi continues to be a creepy guy as always. Lee Tae-ri portrays the guy as a robot which makes sense here because his body is being used here.

LDW is such a hoot here! I love his portrayal of his role, he plays dejected quite well. I love that the romance isn't too drawn out nor takes up the full screen time too. Also love the other characters, Shin Joo is my favorite of the bunch, and I love that he's been given more screen time and moments with Yu-ri.

Taluipa seems to be holding back a lot right? She seems to know a lot but never tells Yeon which is a bit frustrating ngl. Again, the last 15 minutes of this show are the best, the body switch moment was such a rad idea. Very clever writers! Their brother relationship is the soul of the show for me. Kim Bum as Rang is such a well written anti-hero, I hope he doesn't sacrifice himself to die.

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I think once they got the tragic past romance and bromance out of the way and resolved to focus on the here and now, the drama got a lot better. Just people all being on the same page!

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Exactly! I love that about this show, now that's all out of the way, we can now focus on business!! And that is taking down imoogi, and making sure their loved ones don't die. This show is refreshing, it hasn't succumbed to its tropes and continues to move past its main point which is to defeat imoogi.

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I'm gonna tell you something... Kim Bum KILLED this episode! He's been carrying a HUGE emotional charge in the last episodes and he's doing a perfect job to portray these feelings. You can deeply feel his pain, sadness, rage and everything in between. And he managed to go further in this episode! It is clear the evolution from just a bad boy at the beginning of the drama to, in my opinion, the character that stands out the most dramatically lately, followed by Ji A. I'm finding his performance really impressive.

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