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Oh! Master: Episodes 9-10 Open Thread

With the comedic love triangle plot behind us, this week we focus on our hero — and he sure goes through the ringer, facing everything from long-hidden family secrets, to his mother’s illness, to the ghostly event that keeps haunting him.

 
EPISODES 9-10 WEECAP

Oh dear. I was hoping our little show would recover after its plotless dive last week, but it’s as if it overcorrected, reaching for several different plots and then going in all directions at once. It was all over the place, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

Last week we left off with a new plot thread — that perhaps there’s more to Bi-soo’s family drama than we thought, and indeed that is true. His mother quickly confesses that his father is not his father. This is actually a weight off Bi-soo’s shoulders, since he’s despised the man since he was eighteen when he saw him cheating on his mother in their family home.

But that’s not the end of the family drama. While Bi-soo and his mother share some very sweet moments and he learns about his real father, his step-father removes the mask he’s been wearing for the last three decades and whammo: he’s full-on despicable. And he’s not only despicable to Bi-soo, but to his ex-wife as well. The affair comes to light, his long-standing ulterior motive of owning the hospital comes to light, and this family unit is shortly in shreds.

Although this plot line seemed sudden (and we can argue its necessity), it leads to some good healing moments for Bi-soo, who has been holding onto hidden hurt for some time. There’s even a moment where he heads to the listening booth and imagines comforting his distraught 18-year-old self, which is a favorite way of mine that emotional healing is depicted.

While Bi-soo is going through this tumultuous event, he not only lashes out at Joo-in (deflecting his pain on her), but loses his voice for a time. It’s a sudden stress response that is rather terrifying, but in terms of the story it disappointed me in two ways.

First, that this stress response (and entire plot line) was dealt with in the space of a single episode, so it felt rushed and not very well meshed into the drama as a whole. Second, that the drama passed up some prime moments for a first kiss (or two or three) between our leads — so prime and so perfect were these moments that I had to shake my fist at the screen. Why give the tropes if you’re not also going to reward us for them?

In the end, the dramatic event brings Bi-soo and Joo-in closer together. Joo-in realizes she’s in love with Bi-soo (and so does her mother), but the fact that she chooses him over Yoo-jin is so downplayed after the overplayed comedy of last week that it all falls a bit flat.

It gets even more crazy as Episode 9 comes to an end. Joo-in and Bi-soo are being cute in their house when all of a sudden the drama drops this eerie Sixth Sense moment, and we realize that Joo-in can’t see Bi-soo — that he’s not there in the house at all.

What!? What twist is this! Well, the man in white returns and repeats his warnings from before. That Bi-soo will die, has 49 days before he disappears, and needs to think about how he wants to live his final days. Then everything goes back to normal.

I’m confused. This plot line rears its head out of nowhere, and then tramples us for no reason. Bi-soo is not so much of a Scrooge character that his total reformation is required as the moral of this story, so why the heck is all this happening?

As expected, even though Bi-soo “reappears” in normal life, this event sends Bi-soo into tailspin number two. I do not deny him either tailspin, or either lashing out at Joo-in, but the two events are so close together, and handled so similarly, that they just feel like plot dominoes.

As for Joo-in, she has nothing to do this week except wait for Bi-soo like a saint. Bi-soo has all the action, having to face this supernatural foretelling and utter strangeness. Will he go into shock and remove himself from the world, and Joo-in? Or will he embrace his final days and live them to the fullest? That seems to be the decision at hand.

Again, though, the drama moves too fast. Bi-soo quickly goes from despair to acceptance to full-on lover mode. The two finally have their first kiss. They enjoy some cuteness. Joo-in is blissfully ignorant of what is happening in Bi-soo’s world, despite asking him to share his pain with her like any normal couple (not in Dramaland) would do.

While I’m glad the drama didn’t drag Bi-soo into full noble idiocy at this point, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t getting whiplash from the multiple directions our drama has taken. Pick a plot line and make it work, Show — don’t pick five and then give us the half-baked version of each. I’m pretty disappointed at this point, especially when we look at where we are now after the drama’s strong beginning. Maybe, just maybe, the drama will redeem itself? Kisses will help. Just sayin’.

 
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Lee Min-ki and Nana are REALLY REALLY PRETTY like REALLY pretty also where did Min-ki learn to hug like that and is he giving those hugs out for free because I want one

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This show is dumb as hell and yet here I am watching every single episode staring at Bi-soo and Joo-in and yelling at my screen for them to kiss in every single scene. Sure those hugs and hand holds are cute but HELLO START MAKING OUT NOW PLEASE YOU HAVE A PERFECT ENTRANCE. And then they DID make out and it didn’t quench my thirst because the camera angles are so bad, PD-nim what are you doing??? You couldn’t even see their jawlines.

Uh yeah I’m just ignoring every other part of the show at this point and I’m here purely for the Joosoo and cuteness and I will just scream through every roller coaster loop it yanks me through because I’m 100% JooSoo trash and I will go down with the burning, flaming ship that is this show. What’s happening? I don’t know. OH MY GOD THEY WASHED THE BEAR.

I wasn’t even mad at the “sleep in my bed tonight” fake out because it was SO FUNNY.

But also I’m actually very curious about what the hell the writer is doing with this mess of a plot because I honestly have no idea where he’s going with all this. I mean, I by no means think he can make it GOOD but maybe it will be… interesting. But dear writer: you know, when Bi-soo’s not busy LITERALLY DISAPPEARING (WHAT THE HELL, SHOW) I would like them to be making out (with better camera angles please) thank you.

Also please let that be the end of sad sad emo sad Bi-soo because he’s pretty all the time but you know how gorgeous he is when he smiles and laughs??? Wow.

Yes this is my very intellectual comment thank you for reading.

At the very least this show is not boring I guess.

I am clearly very much not unhinged.

THIS SHOW IS SO DUMB WHY IS IT SO DUMB ARGHHHHHHHHH.

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No JAWLINES? The nerve.
I dropped this last week and just ran through the weecap to reassure myself that that was indeed the right choice, and lo and behold I am validated.

Hwaiting Mindy~

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me too. i am proud of both of us for lasting this long---we spared ourselves lots of whiplash and heartache for what could have been

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the not-being-able-to-talk trope didn't last very long -- very stupid because what was the point of it in the first place?? if it wasn't bad enough that he disappeared from view for a short period...

but like you, mindy, i am watching. WHY?? because he's so pretty and she's so pretty and they are so pretty together and that guy in white needs to go away and let the story continue without the TOD trope i almost forgot about until the end of ep 9 when it suddenly came back to me and then the disappearing trope happened...

grrrrr.... but i'm still watching and i will watch this to the end, because like i said, and you've said:

they are so pretty.

and that's enough, cuz there isn't much else to watch right now... for me, at least.

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If we can't even count on the kiss scenes in rom-com anymore, what will we do?

I dropped this drama but it reminds me Nail Shop Paris, it was a serie of tropes too.

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You are not alone. Nothing makes sense and everything but BiSoo and JooIn together is stupid. Even so, I can’t stop watching because they are so adorable together and I’m totally smitten by LMK. Everything about him is perfect: his acting (I concur with your that the scenes with his past self were so nicely done), his soft look, his presence.

But I’m really disappointed on how JooIn’s character has been shown this week. It started last week, but on episodes 8 and 9 it was word. She’s just like a robot that smiles and says “it’s ok, don’t worry” to every single person (BiSoo, her mum, her agent, YooJin), never showing a little bit of annoyance, or sadness, just smiling and saying it’s ok, or it will be ok because we all will be happy. She was not like that at the beginning of the drama.

Anyway. Let’s see where this train wreck leads us (why do I have the feeling BiSoo’s could be in a coma from the very beginning... I have a trauma with a Spanish show, that’s why...). And... CAN WE PLEASD HAVE THOSE KISSES WE DESERVE? PLEASE?

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I started this last week but wound up dropping it because well, the plot (what plot?) is sh~t. And also the male lead was just too infuriating, especially in his interactions with the female lead that I couldn't bear to watch anymore. There's tsundere and then there's asshole.

Also, this was my first work ever of both leads. But doesn't the female lead (she's gorgeous!) kinda look like Kim Ji Won sometimes? And doesn't the male lead give off Lee Dong Wook vibes? No? Just me? Okay.

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Lee Min Ki is well worth watching in other dramas: Because This is My First Life and Shut Up Flower Boy Band are both great. He also has one of the sexiest scenes I've seen in a Korean movie, in For the Emperor. The rest of the movie is crappy, but at about 32 minutes into the uncut version, OMG. Not soft and sweet but sexy AF.

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As I said in the Watching Post, what really struck me from these episodes was strong theme of cruelty inserted into the story. The callous indifference of the pain being caused to others by Bi-soo to Joo-in even permeated the secondary characters' relationships. Yu-jin's manipulation of Joo-in's friendship to force her into a rash decision was also cruel. Even as they work out their secrets and emotions, the lingering aspect of personal betrayals does not sit well.

The return of the grim reaper does not help either. The use of the Buddist 49 day of mourning period deadline in this story seems the opposite of the healing journey in "Hi! Bye Mama." The reaper has shown up I think three times. Under the mourning period, a person dies and is reborn 7 times until the decedent disappears after the 49th day. Bi-soo's temporary disappears shows that situation. I assume Bi-Soo only has 4 weeks left in this world since the reaper was crystal clear that there is possible change to his fate (even though I would like to see the record store owner, the only stable and wise character in the show, be some arch angel who can set things right.)

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im going to watch this until the end because lee minki and nana are just so flipping good together

that being said

it feels like this show is written to be a parody on literally every kdrama trope ever except the entire production crew didnt get the memo and the writer just kindof forgot about it

well i guess as long as theres no brain transplants

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I've been asking myself the same question: Is this a parody? The writer's anemic effort suggests laziness and indifference if anything.

I feel like I should get my iQIYI subscription subsidized for the cognitive load I'm carrying, watching this show. It's a bit of work editing out the dumb.

Over the weekend, I binged the first four episodes of Daebak Realty/Sell Your Haunted House—that's the smart, fun Wednesday show to watch. Alas, I've turned into the bitchy mom who says to Oh! Master (her hopeless child) to ask, "Why can't you be clever like that other Wednesday show?"

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One thing I've noticed. When an actor has had a particularly successful series they will sometimes immediately get another 'reward series' as a payday. Its usually not very good and nobody involved seems to be trying particularly hard, but the star gets her payday and her name recognition brings in the viewers, so everybody's generally happy - except for the audience,

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I just watched episode 12 and let me tell you, it's a complete disaster and I don't think there is a way back. At this point I am really wondering why LMK chose this drama.

I will watch this until the end, just because LMK is, well, LMK and Nana is talented. I kind of like the two moms too. Everything else is worthless, including wooden second lead with charisma of a wet cloth.

Someone can maybe help me understand why Bi Soo is flipping between adorable puppy and insufferable mean asshole all the time, for no apparent reason. Just.. why?

Joo-in is at least somehow consistent, loving and caring. The mothers are consistent and relatable. Bi Soo makes zero sense. He is a freaking emotional wreck. "Oh, my step-father cheated on my mom 18 years ago, let me lose my speech of the _sudden_ shock (well it's been only 18 years I've known about it) and be mean to my loved woman...".Wwwhat?? And then the next episode the same thing, and then again and again.

Oh, and secondary couples (the assistants and directors) are so badly written and so badly portrayed by actors that I skip them every single time. They have no value in the entire thing. None.

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And by the way, I am going to re-watch BTIMFL, I need to heal my soul.

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