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Sell Your Haunted House: Episode 10

Newly reconciled, our leads realise that they have a common goal and decide to work together to unravel the mysteries of the past that led to the deaths of their loved ones.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

In-bum and Ji-ah go for food and she tells him off for following her, insisting that she was never in any danger because she has too much self-control to act impulsively on the ghost’s urges, even while in a trance. She asks why he didn’t wake her up sooner and In-bum struggles to answer, recalling the way Ji-ah looked standing on that stage.

As they arrive back at Daebak, In-bum returns his necklace to Ji-ah. He explains that his uncle gave him an identical one when he was a child which he now realises must have come from Mi-jin, and wants to thank her for enabling him to live a normal life.

Ji-ah admits that she was looking for Sung-shik’s nephew because she doesn’t know what happened 20 years ago either, and was hoping he could give her answers that would help her exorcise Mi-jin’s ghost. She apologises to In-bum for getting so upset with him and saying things that she shouldn’t have said, handing the necklace back and telling him to keep living normally.

Ji-ah finds Soo-jung waiting when she gets in, Ji-ah having grudgingly agreed to let her stay the night since she was scared to be alone — although not before she tried passing the responsibility off on Hwa-jung and Ji-chul. Over drinks, Ji-ah tells Soo-jung that she’ll find her a new tenant soon so she can move out of her apartment.

Soo-jung asks Ji-ah if she thinks that will solve the problem and Ji-ah admits that if the stalker was determined enough to kill someone to get to her then it probably won’t, but it turns out Soo-jung was more worried about the ghost.

Soo-jung falteringly admits that she realised Hyun-ju was in trouble when she looked back as the elevator door closed, recognising the silent plea for help in her eyes. Soo-jung was too scared to intervene so she pretended not to understand, telling herself that Hyun-ju would be fine as she turned away.

The lights begin to flicker and Soo-jung freaks out, despite Ji-ah reassuring her that she’d already exorcised Hyun-ju’s ghost. Losing patience with Soo-jung’s fears, Ji-ah informs her that Hyun-ju got back on the elevator that day to shield her, and her ghost hung around to protect Soo-jung because she knew Kang-tae would try to hurt her again.

Tears rolling down her face, Ji-ah explains that Hyun-ju wanted to be an actress and worked hard for years, but was murdered before she could take the stage in her first leading role. She tells Soo-jung that Lee Hyun-ju gave her life to save her, and she owes it to her to remember her name for the rest of her life.

Soo-jung apologises, crying hard, and Ji-ah tells her she has to choose now whether to live a life of guilt or a life of gratitude for the sacrifice Hyun-ju made. Ji-ah goes upstairs alone and sighs to Mi-jin that she’d forgotten how hard it is to live with the memories of a ghost.

Director Do is furious when he hears that none of his henchmen have managed to get the contract for Daebak Realty signed yet, all terrified of a ghost. Tae-jin films a pack of thugs held in thrall by Mi-jin outside Daebak, cackling as they scatter screaming.

Staring thoughtfully at the drawing of a knife Ji-ah gave him, Detective Kang goes to Kang-tae’s restaurant to pick up lunch and casually interrogates him about his shoulder injury, which he claims was caused by a fall. The detective wanders into the back kitchen and finds a knife-block full of knives with a cursive ‘M’ on the handle, just like the one Ji-ah drew. One knife is missing.

Tae-jin meets his underling clandestinely at a food stand for an update on Director Do’s movements, but gets ambushed by Secretary Choi and her thugs instead. She interrogates him about how exorcisms work, and learns that Ji-ah and In-bum go to the site alone first to do a preliminary survey.

Soo-jung has come to a decision, and asks Ji-ah to help her get the evidence needed to convict Kang-tae. Realising that there will be other victims after her and Hyun-ju if Kang-tae isn’t stopped, Soo-jung overcomes her terror and offers to act as bait to trap him. Ji-chul is worried that she’ll be putting herself in harm’s way and appeals to Ji-ah, but Ji-ah agrees with Soo-jung and instructs him to start installing cameras, devastating him and surprising Hwa-jung.

Taking Ji-ah aside, Hwa-jung questions her intentions in getting involved. Ji-ah tells her that she’s doing it for Soo-jung not Hyun-ju, because Soo-jung won’t be able to let go of her guilt until Kang-tae is caught. Ji-ah knows what it’s like to live a life of guilt, and doesn’t want Soo-jung to suffer that fate.

Soo-jung purposefully walks past Kang-tae’s restaurant and gets his attention, as the team enact their plan. In-bum and Hwa-jung sit in the van monitoring the cameras and bicker, but luckily they’re not so distracted that they don’t notice Kang-tae enter the building and let himself into Soo-jung’s apartment.

As Kang-tae crosses the apartment and enters Soo-jung’s bedroom, Ji-ah and Ji-chul emerge from another room and creep after him to listen at the door. As Kang-tae advances on her, Soo-jung says that she isn’t dating him and didn’t give him the passcode, and he says she’ll come to like him soon.

Soo-jung grabs for her phone and Kang-tae knocks her back onto the bed, telling her that she’ll die like that other wench if she doesn’t listen to him. She asks if that’s why he killed Hyun-ju and he confirms that it is; he hates bitches that won’t listen.

Ji-ah suddenly pulls Kang-tae backwards off Soo-jung and tells him that she also really hates sons of bitches who won’t listen, before throwing him across the room. He pulls a knife and slashes Ji-ah’s arm, distracting her and giving him a chance to run.

Hwa-jung and In-bum see what happened on the cameras and In-bum bursts out of the van and past Detective Kang, who’d just noticed them parked outside Kang-tae’s closed restaurant, to go to Ji-ah’s aid. Hwa-jung calls the police and reports an intruder with a weapon, gesturing for the detective to follow In-bum.

In-bum and Ji-ah pursue Kang-tae out of the building and through the dark streets, until he emerges from an alleyway and is suddenly hit by a garbage truck. Ji-ah’s breath turns cold as Kang-tae’s ghost forms in front of them, smirking evilly. Ji-ah and In-bum exchange a loaded glance before springing into action, Ji-ah using her own blood to scrawl Kang-tae’s name on her hand while In-bum tears off his necklace and pulls Kang-tae’s spirit into his body.

Ji-ah and Kang-tae grapple, the spirit awl in her hand and a shard of broken glass in his. Ji-ah soon manages to put Kang-tae on his back and seizes the opportunity to slam the awl into his chest, exorcising his ghost.

Ji-ah pulls In-bum to his feet as Detective Kang arrives, having missed all the action. Back at the police station the detectives watch the footage from Soo-jung’s bedroom in which Kang-tae confessed to Hyun-ju’s murder and threatened to kill her too, and Detective Kang tells the Daebak team that they’re free to go.

Detective Choi protests, pointing out a person died, but Detective Kang tells him that he saw the crime scene himself and it was a traffic accident. He wants to wait and hear back from forensics about Kang-tae’s knife before they take any further action, wondering to himself about how Ji-ah could possibly have known about it.

Outside the precinct, Soo-jung thanks everyone for their help. She accepts Ji-chul’s offer to drive her to her friend’s house, making him very happy, and In-bum watches as Ji-ah and Hwa-jung drive away.

Hwa-jung is the only one in the office when Detective Kang arrives the next day, and he tells her that they found Hyun-ju’s DNA on Kang-tae’s knife and secret photos of multiple women including Soo-jung on his computer, cementing his guilt.

Still thinking about Ji-ah’s drawing, he tentatively asks Hwa-jung if Ji-ah really can communicate with ghosts, admitting that he’s struggling to believe it. Hwa-jung retorts that he’s always had trouble believing things he can’t see and Detective Kang frowns, asking Hwa-jung if there was something he didn’t know back when she was a teenager. Hwa-jung replies that there are two sides to every coin.

As Ji-chul helps Soo-jung move her belongings out of her apartment, she tells him that she’s decided to take the police exam. There are a lot of bad people in the world and she wants to face them head on instead of burying her head in the sand. Ji-chul praises her cool attitude, but is a little taken aback by how much she suddenly reminded him of Ji-ah.

Ji-ah has decided to exorcise Sung-shik’s spirit, in the hopes that his memories will unravel the mystery from 20 years ago. She’s surprised when Hwa-jung forbids it, arguing that Sung-shik’s apparent super-strength makes it too dangerous to attempt. Hwa-jung asks if Ji-ah wants to do this for In-bum, pointing out that he won’t even know that his uncle’s a ghost if they don’t tell him, but Ji-ah questions if it’s really alright to remain ignorant of reality.

Ji-ah tells Hwa-jung that her decision has nothing to do with In-bum anyway. Seeing Soo-jung’s determination to catch Hyun-ju’s killer even at the risk of her own life made her realise that she hasn’t really done anything but talk about exorcising Mi-jin and she wants to take action. Hwa-jung reassures her that she’s tried everything she could and Ji-ah points out that she hasn’t tried exorcising Sung-shik yet, upsetting Hwa-jung who tells Ji-ah to fire her if she’s just going to ignore her opinion.

In her room, Ji-ah tells her mother that she understands Hwa-jung’s worry but she can’t see any other way forward. Mi-jin can only sit and listen to Ji-ah as she wonders whether or not she should tell In-bum, unable to give her advice.

In-bum remarks that a conman and a policewoman could never work out as he helps Ji-chul get ready for his last date with Soo-jung before she enrols in the police academy. They’re interrupted by Ji-ah, who brusquely orders In-bum to join her for food.

In-bum exits the restaurant in a white suit and poses for Ji-ah who’s been waiting outside, clearly proud of himself. He tells her that he dressed in white to match her black, and Ji-ah, unimpressed, asks if he thinks they’re playing baduk.

On the drive over, In-bum tells Ji-ah to say whatever she wants to say, noticing the serious expression on her face. Ji-ah explains that the vengeful ghost which possessed In-bum when Director Do kidnapped them was actually his uncle’s spirit, which has attached itself to the director.

In-bum sits looking out at the river, trying to process that his uncle’s a vengeful ghost. He asks Ji-ah how long she’s known and she says that she recognised the ghost immediately as her mother’s last client, but she didn’t know at the time that In-bum was his nephew.

In-bum wants to exorcise Sung-shik’s spirit immediately but Ji-ah asks him to consider sitting this one out, concerned that he’ll find his uncle wasn’t the person he believed him to be. She tells him that having to deal with the last memories and emotions of a person he knew and loved will be more painful than living with the memories of a stranger, and she’d also like to witness Sung-shik’s memories herself so she can find out first-hand what happened in the past.

In-bum admits that he’s honestly afraid to have his worst fears about his uncle confirmed, but after the past 20 years of doubt and uncertainty he needs to know the truth, no matter how painful it might be.

Back at Daebak, Ji-ah explains to In-bum and Ji-chul that there’s a difference between ghosts that attach themselves to a location and those that attach themselves to a person — in order to exorcise Sung-shik, they’ll need the cooperation of Director Do.

Ji-chul, disguised as a cleaner, sets up cameras in the Dohak Construction offices as In-bum arranges a face-to-face meeting with Director Do on the pretext of selling Daebak Realty. Taking the opportunity to bug the director’s office, In-bum admits that he’s actually there to ask Director Do about his uncle, as he was the last person to see him alive.

Director Do tells In-bum that Sung-shik had demanded money from him since his arson attack had smoothed the way for the redevelopment, threatening to tell the police that Golden Development ordered it if he didn’t pay up. Unsettled, In-bum denies that his uncle would have done something like that and leaves.

Ji-chul joins In-bum outside the building, enjoying the thrill of a con, but In-bum doesn’t share his excitement, still thinking about what Director Do said to him. Meanwhile Director Do summons Secretary Choi to his office to tell her to proceed with their plan.

Back at Daebak, Ji-chul is dismayed to find that although the devices in the boardroom and stairwell are working, the one in the director’s office isn’t, despite In-bum’s insistence that he installed it correctly. Ji-ah says the office is where the real ghost is, so they don’t need to worry about creating a fake one in there anyway. The guys have launched a rumor campaign that Dohak Construction is haunted in order to drive Director Do to contact Ji-ah for an exorcism — which sure enough he does.

Ji-ah is shown into Director Do’s office, where she finds Sung-shik’s ghost staring at him intently. Director Do explains to Ji-ah that he apparently has a ghost problem so he called in a ghost expert to take care of it, clearly not taking her very seriously.

Ji-ah explains that a ghost has attached itself to him and offers to exorcise it at no cost, but Director Do just laughs mockingly. He turns on the TV to show footage of Ji-chul setting up cameras in the boardroom, and tells Ji-ah that they’ll have to do better than a shoddy con like that if they want to trick him.

The team regroups back at Daebak and try to come up with another plan — In-bum suggests they just kidnap Director Do like he did to them, but Ji-ah dismisses it immediately as a stupid idea. They all clam up suspiciously when Hwa-jung walks in to inform Ji-ah that they have a new client, and In-bum and Ji-chul realise they don’t know why it’s a secret from her.

Desperately in need of money, the new client is trying to sell an abandoned warehouse but a ghost keeps scaring off potential buyers. Ji-ah and In-bum set off immediately to carry out the preliminary site visit.

As they arrive at the old factory, In-bum asks if Ji-ah is keeping their plan a secret from Hwa-jung because she doesn’t trust her. Ji-ah tells him that Hwa-jung is the only person in the world she trusts.

Meanwhile, Hwa-jung meets Director Do at an abandoned construction site, at his request. He wants to know why Ji-ah told him he had a ghost attached to him and what her plans are but Hwa-jung refuses to answer, only concerned that he didn’t take Ji-ah up on her offer to exorcise it.

As Director Do walks away he remarks that it’s a real shame she wasn’t more willing to cooperate, before a load of timber suspended overhead suddenly plummets towards Hwa-jung, presumably crushing her.

Ji-ah and In-bum explore the warehouse but Ji-ah is unable to sense a ghost and decides it was a false alarm. Just as they’re about to go, the doors of the walk-in freezer she and In-bum are inside suddenly slam shut, and the coolers come on full blast.

Unable to get a cell signal or open the door, In-bum sits next to Ji-ah and takes her hand, saying that at least one of them should be warm. She tells him that his recharge won’t work because his touch can only reverse the effects of a ghost, but he wants to keep holding hands anyway.

They huddle together as the temperature keeps dropping, and In-bum falls unconscious after telling Ji-ah that he doesn’t want to become a vengeful ghost if he dies. Ji-ah stays conscious through sheer force of will, refusing to die until she frees her mother’s spirit.

The lights suddenly flicker and the building begins to shake, as Ji-ah breathes out the cold vapor that heralds the arrival of a spirit. The freezer door is suddenly wrenched open to reveal Mi-jin’s ghost, come to save her daughter, and Ji-ah gapes at her in shock.

 
COMMENTS

I have conflicting feelings about Soo-jung abandoning Hyun-ju like that. My initial reaction was scorn and anger at her cowardice, but after thinking about it I’m not sure that’s entirely fair. Hyun-ju did an amazingly brave thing when she stepped up to protect Soo-jung, but she went above and beyond. I don’t think we can really condemn Soo-jung for not being willing to risk her life for someone she barely knows. That said, it’s not like the only options were to either step in and put herself in danger or completely ignore it — why didn’t she ring the police or ask the neighbours for help after she got out of the elevator?! That inaction really is inexcusable. I think Soo-jung’s confession casts some of the comments she made about Hyun-ju’s party girl lifestyle in a different light though — with hindsight she was clearly trying to make excuses for why she didn’t act, attempting to convince herself that what happened wasn’t her fault and that anyone would have done what she did.

I was proud of Soo-jung when she told Ji-ah that she wanted to catch Kang-tae not just to avenge Hyun-ju’s death, but to prevent him from harming other women in the future — it felt very much in the spirit of living her life in a the way that would have made Hyun-ju proud. I like Soo-jung’s character arc in theory — from selfish and cowardly, to reevaluating her attitude and values after Hyun-ju’s sacrifice, leading to her willingness to put aside her fear and do the right thing, and finally deciding to devote her life to protecting others as a police officer — but ultimately I don’t think the actress was quite capable of pulling it off convincingly, which was a real shame. I’m also glad Soo-jung and Ji-chul appear to be over and done with, because they never quite clicked as a couple for me. He seemed far too over-enthusiastic and eager to please and she never seemed to like him all that much.

Stray thoughts this episode: did everyone just abandon In-bum at the police station without a ride home? Detective Kang was laughably ineffective, but at least he seems to have moved past being intentionally obstructive. I quite enjoy In-bum and Hwa-jung’s petty bickering and the streak of childishness it brings out in the normally poised and mature Hwa-jung. There were so many missed opportunities to care for each other’s wounds (In-bum held a shard of broken glass bare-handed!), and I was surprised In-bum didn’t seize the chance to fuss over Ji-ah. And for a very brief moment, I thought they were going to reveal that Director Do was the father of Hwa-jung’s dead child.

Ghost lore is starting to get more complicated! So far we seem to have 3 types of vengeful spirits: those anchored to a place (water ghost, old man), those anchored to a person (Sung-shik), and wandering ghosts that have no anchor (painter) — plus child ghosts which are apparently a category of their own. Ghosts seem to have a wide range of sentience, from the ghost student who just climbed the stairs he died on every night, to the water ghost’s thirst for revenge and attempts to drown others, to the child ghost who seemed almost unchanged in death. Perhaps a ghost’s power and presence are linked to their emotions as they died — the painter and water ghost both had grudges against their killers before they died and their spirits were fuelled by anger and bitterness, while Hyun-ju’s didn’t know her murderer or have any strong feelings about him prior to the moments immediately preceding her death, so her ghost was instead motivated by her protective nature. Sung-shik’s ghost seemingly has had little impact on Director Do’s life, despite the intensity of his stares — was the super-strength he displayed while possessing In-bum a sign that his grudge is very powerful or did the biological link between them somehow super-charge the possession?

And then there’s Mi-jin’s ghost, which defies classification. She previously seemed to be anchored to Ji-ah’s apartment but this episode blew that theory out of the water. She’s obviously very powerful because we’ve seen her hold multiple people in thrall at once and she can also affect the physical world, knocking Ji-ah’s shoes over. She seems incredibly sentient and aware of what’s going on, scaring away thugs and judging Ji-ah’s shopping addiction. Is this purely because she was once an exorcist? Or has more of her spirit been trapped here than is normal? I strongly suspect that Mi-jin’s ghost remained on this plane to watch over Ji-ah, unable to abandon her daughter to grow up alone. I wonder if the key to Mi-jin’s exorcism is actually Ji-ah’s happiness, allowing her to let go and move on, secure in the knowledge that Ji-ah will live well without her. The pacing of the mystery is great though, I can’t believe we’ve gotten this far along with so few answers and I still feel satisfied with how it’s progressing.

I’m continually impressed by the way these characters act and communicate like mature, rational people, even though that probably shouldn’t be as remarkable a quality in kdramaland as it often is. I’m glad that Ji-ah gave In-bum a sincere apology for the way she treated him when she found out about his connection to Sung-shik, even though he’d obviously already forgiven her and she could have taken the easy way out and just not mentioned it. Ji-ah never flinches away from difficult things, and it was nice to see that she’s capable of admitting to her mistakes.

Ji-ah approached her conversation with In-bum about Sung-shik’s ghost in the same resolute way. Instead of hiding it or trying to make the decision for him, Ji-ah informed In-bum of the facts openly and gave a clear, reasonable explanation for why she didn’t think he should be the medium for the exorcism, admitting her concern for him. Rather than reacting emotionally or recklessly, In-bum listened to and tried to understand what Ji-ah had to say, and then made a calm, well-thought-out decision which she respected, even though it went against her wishes. Moments like these show that Ji-ah and In-bum see each other as equals and partners, and their relationship is founded on respect and trust as much as affection or attraction.

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The best thing about this episode is that the characters acted like normal people, apologised for their mistakes, and cleared everything up at the earliest opportunity. Thank you, scriptwriter. More often than not dramas go out of their way to extend conflicts via dramaland logic.

I really really liked this episode because I did not expect the truck of doom to strike the villain of the day. I thought they were just gonna catch him. And because the accident was so unexpected, I didn't expect him to turn into a vengeful spirit either. For a moment there I was wondering if Ji-ah was going to dig a receipt out of her coat pockets and a red pen from her boots (because the names were all written in red ink), but she wrote the name in her own blood instead on her palm. That was cool. Apparently, (according to Reddit) this was JNR's idea, so kudos to her.

I have quite a few stray thoughts as well, on Ji-ah running in boots, Ji-chul's big mouth and other minor points. As I try to put things into words though, I found myself a bit nitpicking for when I was watching the show I was thoroughly entertained. That said, I wished that the trap that Do Hak-sung set up was a bit more elaborate, i.e. let Ji-chul divulge the secrets over a few episodes.

Right now, I'm just curious how powerful Mi-jin is, why, what happened that night twenty years ago. I hope the next two episodes shed more light on the main mystery. It's pretty evident who's our next exorcism target, and I hope getting Uncle Sung-shik's memories helps our duo.

I still think the drama's pacing is exceptional, and six episodes seem like a reasonable time frame to wrap things up. It'll be incredibly disappointing though if the back story doesn't live up to expectations, because the drama has been excellent thus far.

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If Mi-jin is sentient and so powerful, why hasn't she managed to convey any useful information to her daughter over all those years. Gestures & pantomimes? 20 questions? Finger-writing on the palm of he hand? Grabbing pen and paper and really writing?

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it's been shown that the spirits aren't able to physically touch or manipulate objects so that's probably one of the reasons why. and i don't think her mom has been able to communicate any other way to her except by furrowing her brow so that must be hard even for her.

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Also one thing this show has done really well is deal with the psychological response that people have to these situations. The "even a gust of wind can seem like a spirit to the guilty" concept is really well teased out. Soo-jung believed the ghost was vindictive because of her guilt, Ji-ah interprets her mother's non-actions as parental nagging and recrimination. All of them are filling in for a lack of information based on their emotions and both are undoubtedly wrong.

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I wonder who or what exactly Oh Sung-shik was looking at when he shifted the direction of his gaze at the last part of the scene between Director Do and Ji-ah. Was he glancing at Ji-ah, or was he looking at something in the office, e.g. maybe he had hidden that document right under Do's nose?

So many things to love in this episode, most of them to do with the JI-ah/In-bum relationship. Glad Soo-jung has exited, back to being a punch-line in Ji-chul's life. But the thing that really made me laugh was the irony of Director Do's scornful scepticism in the face of everyone telling him the complete truth - there really is a ghost haunting him.

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The ghost story was pretty sad. She had the courage to act when Soo-jung didn't even call for help. But at least, she worked to arrest the killer. I don't like the actress (I didn't like her in Age of Youth 2) and the love story was weird. I wonder how much Ji-chul made this love story in his head...

The cop was frustrating but I can understand that it's hard to believe on ghost. Now, it looks like he could be convinced and could help in the future.

Ji-Ah-Im-Bum relationship is the best! They were very angry and hurt but they apologized knowing they behaved badly (he lied and she was wrong). They both are ready to accept the truth and to find it together. Their baduk date 😂

I wonder if Min-Ji is connected to Ji-Ah and not the house. She just chose to stay at home.

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Min-ji chooses to stay home except for essential travel because of the pandemic lockdown. Hey, she's old enough now to be high risk, and she does have a *cough* pre-existing condition :)

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😂😂🤣

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I would think that she choose to stay hone coz she would have affected Ji A’s ability to sense other ghosts if she followed.

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Two unexpected surprises in this episode: The truck of doom and the ghost of Ji-ah's mom appearing at the end to open that freezer door! Nicely done show!

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Guess the speed limit on those streets law don't apply to truck of doom

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Ji-ah and In-beom behave like adults, and I am here for it. Ji-ah's apology was both direct and authentic, as was her concern for In-beom participating in the exorcism of his uncle's spirit and her acceptance of his decision. Throughout this drama, both have at times objected to or disagreed with the actions and decisions of the other, but they consistently accept the autonomy of the other.

The Soo-jung story fell flat for me, unfortunately I think because of the actress but also because they tried to do too much with the whole random girlfriend insertion - our little clique is already well-formed in my heart, so it just didn't work to try and shoehorn someone we don't really know but are somehow supposed to care about now into it. I'd say this is the drama's only real wobble for me at this point, so honestly compared to what's been served to us in 2021 so far, this still puts it head and shoulders above so many.

Finally, Ji-ah's (or JNR's) micro expressions, lip twitches and deadpan delivery send me into giggles at least once an episode. This time it was definitely the conversation about the plan to get to Director Do:
JA: Do you have a plan?
IB: That's our specialty.
JA: Ahh, right. Your specialty is fraud.
IB: (indignantly) There are nicer words. Like, "expert."
JA: (placidly) Fraud, yes. Hm.

It must have been the delivery, but I think I may have startled the neighbors with my laugh. Also, I found it strangely sweet to see Ji-ah with her arm around In-beom when he was unconscious on the stairs at the very end of the episode.

I'm done rambling (gushing), but I just love how excited I always am for the next episode. They are doing the cliffhanger endings so well.

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Jr Detective: 'Should we let them go? someone died'

Me: 'What about the guy driving the truck! He came out of nowhere!'
Also me: 'How come you had no such qualms when a woman was stabbed to death!'

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But I did laugh a lot at the: 'I'm a conman - you're a police officer' moment.

That was a My Fellow Citizens joke, right? At least it was in my head...

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"It's his first offence and all he did was break into a woman's apartment and assault her so of course we let him off with a warning"

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Breathtaking. 😑

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To be fair the murderer also came out of nowhere... he was also dumb enough to make a second assault attempt the next day. Like not suspicious at all about the apartment lock code being unchanged.

Yeah, I was surprised about them questioning whether to let Ji-ah and co. go when they had easily let the murderer go free. Didn't even assign police to keep watch on him for a couple of days.

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I just love this drama so much. I am so happy I was wrong about Jung Yong Hwa acting abilities. The fact that Ji Ah's mom is anchored to her was an interesting development. It adds to the mystery of just what happened to her. Also I loved how mature Ji Ah and In Bum's conversation was. Sigh, this drama is so lovely. 😅

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We're not used to well-written dramas with normal acting people anymore.

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Lol, how sad for us, I guess absents makes the heart grow fonder. It is refreshing every time we see it.

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My favourite part was the apology. It was clear-cut, simple and apologised for the words not just the actions. Sadly very rare in kdramaland.

Also Min-ji appearing at the end was pretty badass. But I do not understand why it has taken 20 years for this to happen. Surely Ji-ah's job leads to life and death situations regularly. Even if she didn't need to leave the house, why didn't she use her power to clear the mystery for Ji-ah? Maybe it is as Branwen said - she can only be exorcised when Ji-ah lives happily without guilt?

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To cast the intense orange glow, JiAh's mom ghost had an intense yellow aura - - symbolizing the power of the sun. She is a force like no other ghost. I theorize that may be because she absorbed the egg ghost so she has commingled multiple spirits. That is why JiAh cannot send her off without knowing all the names contained in the shantytown arson egg ghost. Now that ghost mom is an attached ghost, I wonder if JiAh can use her as a weapon against Do.

I thought it was clear that Director Do and Hwa-jung had a prior relationship, probably centered around Hwa-jung's dead child. But she foreshadowed to the detective that some things are not what they seem. And Do foreshadowed that there are many heinous things people would do for money. Was she paid to take the fall for him killing his new born child? Hwa-jung was distressed to know whether Do agreed to the exorcism which probably would reveal to JiAh that Hwa-jung was present and contributed to her mother's death.

JiAh and In-boem should now know how dangerous Do can be. It would not surprise me to see that Do tries sets fire to Daebak building to drive them out. But this story line can be drawn out too much as filler since the key mystery to solve is JiAh's mother's death.

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That's an interesting theory.

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I like this theory. Someone else had wondered why mom is only popping up now, and I was also wondering if maybe it's due to the fact that she's also connected to In-beom / his uncle. Maybe she's tethered or 'snagged' on them, so now somehow his presence is activating or animating something about her current situation? I like that the drama is steadily giving us info to put the pieces together but that I'm still confused!

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Trust is the most important currency in this show. I bit my lip when Ji-ah told In-bum that Hwa-jung was the only person she trusted (Ep. 10, 52:20). I'm certain she's already expanded her trust bubble to include her new partner. In-bum will surely turn into a puddle when she finally tells him.

It was a relief to see Soo-jung shuffle off to police academy. I found this story line frustrating for all the same reasons already stated here and in the previous recap. But I was also discomforted by how close it hit to home.

My university offers bystander intervention training. Bystander intervention strategies aren't always intuitive. It's useful to have different approaches depending on the circumstances. The work on campus is traditionally focused on dealing with racism, sexual harassment and general a**holery in the workplace.

But when I attended a workshop in 2017, I couldn't stop thinking about the double murder that had occurred just two weeks prior in Portland, Oregon. Three men had intervened when a white supremacist spewed hate speech toward two young female Muslim passengers on the train. The attacker then stabbed the men, killing Rick Best, 53 and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23. Micah Fletcher, 21, survived the stabbing.

The bystander training obviously wasn't a self-defense course. But, what other strategy might one do in that situation? Our trainer suggested this: Rather than interact directly with the harasser, speak directly to the people being attacked. The scenario she gave us was something like this: You see a stranger being harassed and you rush up, apologizing for being late. You put your arm around them and exit the scene, while profusely (and loudly) apologizing for missing the appointment.

How might we apply this to the elevator scenario of Ep. 9? Perhaps instead of silently slipping between the attacker and Soo-ju, Hyun-ju animatedly greets Soo-ju with "Unni! You promised me drinks! Let's go now!" while pulling her out of the elevator and leaving the building for a public place where they call the police. Obviously, it's a short term solution because we're dealing with a stalker but it's an unexpected bystander intervention.

Bystander intervention is hard— it helps to do some research and practice scenarios. At the very least, you'll have some strategies in your quiver when you need them.

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This is very interesting thank you tsutsuloo! I remember some research about something similar, too. I think the research was something like if you begin talking to the person who is about to ..harass you or do something bad to you.. they'll be so much less likely to do so. For example, if a taxi driver has somewhat of a bad intention toward you, but you start talking about something with him first, it has been suggested that the chance that they will stick to his initial plan will be very much reduced by more than half.

If Hyun-ju started greeting to Soo-jung and indirectly forced her to take out her headphones and out of the lift, though Soo-jung would be confused I could see the story ending up on a much better note since there is the only one thing between the two women -the headphones- and one thing between them and the perpetuator -the lift.

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I get the impression that was kind of what Hyun-ju was trying to do, but too tentatively. If she had managed to touch Soo-jung's shoulder before the stalker used the knife, I think SJ would have turned around and noticed the stalker. But maybe even then, the stalker's knife would have forced HJ to pretend that nothing was wrong.

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I think sometimes it can take time to build trust. Hwa-jung seems to have been working with Ji-ah for years and she does look out for Ji-ah. Like a mom/sister when Ji-ah was all alone. For Ji-ah, I think Hwa-jung is more like family that you trust.

I remember that Portland tragedy. I like the technique of only addressing the victims of a verbal or physical attack and removing him/her from the situation. It is a more accessible technique. I'm not brave enough to look a potentially violent person in the eye and tell them to eff off, but I can play the ditzy person with no situational awareness and whisk away the victim.

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If you're curious, here's a New York Times piece on how bystander intervention training is much more effective than the usual sexual harassment trainings offered in most companies: The #MeToo Moment: How to Be a (Good) Bystander by Claire Cain Miller (NYTimes Dec. 12, 2017).

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I had planned to find the most effective corporate training and then attend, but I ran into a problem: No one could point to one. Instead, most of the experimentation and research about what works has been done on college campuses and in the military — places where the #MeToo Moment happened earlier than in corporate America.

So I looked there instead, and found that the answer is a variety of things — but one thing in particular [stood out]. It’s called bystander intervention, and the research shows it works.

The reason, experts say, is that it makes preventing harassment everybody’s responsibility.

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Thanks for sharing the article! I would like to be the kind of bystander who is there for my fellow humans, but it's true that we sometimes just don't know how to help or how to work through the unease that tense situations can present. Nice to know there is training out there that is effective!

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Like everyone else, I'm loving the relationship between JA and IB. Who knew that good communication and mutual respect could make me so envious of someone's relationship. Every time I see these two act like adults and support each other, I go all " I want that". Honestly, I am glad that Soo Jung is gone. her and Chief Heo never really clicked and she felt really bland. I really identified with the case of the week. I'm a college student and someone who is one the introverted and shy side of personality. I could see how Soo Jung would have done what she did even though I don't condone it. Stalking is so normalised and not addressed as what it is, with laws being vague and largely ineffective. It really takes a lot for a stalker to be arrested. Also I'm curious now about what exactly led to mom's death 20 years ago. This drama continues to have stellar performances and good writing. Here is to hoping it stays the same until the end.

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Also this show had my favourite Truck of Doom in dramaland.

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We've had so many examples lately of badly thought out K-drama that its a joy to watch one that's as well put together as this. Someone had mentioned the previous recap that the series had to be pre-planned out due to the amount of CGI work. So there's apparently little writing on-set while filming.

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Honestly, I was initially little freaked out by the quality of this series. I'd just switched over from the execrable Oh! Master and briefly wondered if I was over-praising SYHH. The other Wednesday-Thursday show was so appalling that anything looks better by comparison.

But nah. This show is excellent by any standard.

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I feel like it's a real unicorn that's emerged from a buffet of meh so far this year.

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Thank you for the recap!

For a a few seconds right at the end I thought the ghost was Hwa Jung, who died and became a spirit, coming to rescue Ji Ah. Nice one show!
This show has great pacing and with 6 episodes to go I feel like we're approaching the final mystery with perfect momentum.

"Stray thoughts this episode: did everyone just abandon In-bum at the police station without a ride home? "
The whole time watching that scene I was fully expecting Ji Ah to brusquely tell In Bum to get in the car. Poor In Bum 😂. He didn't look too upset though. He was rather content to be back in action and wrapping up another case as Ji Ah's sidekick.

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I thought it was Hwa jung too!

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The ENDING! It is only the 10th episode. Are they sure I can handle the finale week?
Thank you again @branwen for the recap. Your continued enjoyment makes it a joy to re-experience the episodes with you.
Midway through last episode it finally dawned on me that Ji Ah's Mom is sticking around to protect her daughter like the ghost stuck around to protect Soo Jung. That was a fun Ah ha! moment. My guess is that Ji Ah probably won't be able to exorcise her mother until whatever danger has been resolved, which means her mother has tremendous will power or an exorcist has more control about when they leave. Hmmm....
Also, Ji Ah, hunny, you need to take your own advice.
And finally, it was refreshing to witness a mature reconciliation between Ji Ah and In Bum. Wow. I am not sure if I can root for these two characters-apart and together-any harder, but I sure want to.

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For those who watch the show using English Subs, I think I found a new drinking game. Each time during an episode when "Daebak Realty" appears, take a drink! We are enjoying the drama its fun.

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