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Sell Your Haunted House: Episode 11

The team recovers from recent events and the brush with danger prompts our exorcist to make a deal with the devil. A long-awaited exorcism finally takes place but it doesn’t go quite as anyone had planned.

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

Ji-ah stares in awe at Mi-jin’s ghost in the freezer doorway and tries to crawl towards her, but runs out of strength and collapses. As she loses consciousness, Ji-ah sees the ghost’s figure blur and morph into Ji-chul, who rushes into the freezer to try and wake her and In-bum.

In-bum wakes up in hospital and is briefly convinced that he’s died and come back as a ghost, but Ji-ah points out from the next bed over that ghosts can’t speak. Ji-chul arrives and throws himself on In-bum, relieved he’s alive, and attempts to do the same to Ji-ah but is firmly rebuffed.

Ji-chul explains that he got worried when he couldn’t contact either of them so went to investigate and found them both passed out in the freezer, almost dead from hypothermia. Ji-ah tells him not to let Hwa-jung know what happened because it would just worry her, and Ji-chul has to break the news that Hwa-jung has been seriously injured.

Team Leader Jung is watching over an unconscious Hwa-jung when Ji-ah and the guys arrive, and tells them that the doctors expect her to survive and make a full recovery. Hwa-jung called him earlier that evening to tell him she was going to meet Director Do and when she didn’t get in contact again he went out to the construction site and found her buried under a pile of building materials.

The official verdict is that it was an unfortunate accident, but Ji-ah is convinced Director Do was behind what happened to Hwa-jung. In-bum explains to Team Leader Jung that they also almost died that evening, and he and Ji-chul resolve to track down the fake client who sent them to the warehouse and see how he’s linked to Do. Team Leader Jung reassures Ji-ah that he’ll find a safe place for Hwa-jung to recover.

Ji-ah zones out at a traffic light on the way home, thinking about Mi-jin’s ghost at the warehouse, In-bum tries to comfort her, wrongfully assuming she’s worrying about Hwa-jung. Ji-ah rushes up to her apartment to confront her mother’s spirit, trying to convince herself that what she saw couldn’t be correct, because as a poltergeist Mi-jin can’t leave the location her spirit is attached to. Then she suddenly realises that perhaps Mi-jin was never attached to the house after all, but to Ji-ah herself.

Ji-ah is distressed by this idea, because ghosts usually attach themselves to people they resent. She’s long blamed herself for her mother’s death, for not staying upstairs like she was told or for not having the courage to use the spirit awl, but Ji-ah is devastated by the thought that Mi-jin blames her too, and that she’s the reason why her mother’s spirit has been unable to move on.

Director Do is furious that none of his murder plots were successful. Seething, he orders Secretary Choi to find out where Hwa-jung is being treated and she contacts Tae-jin.

In-bum and Ji-chul are sitting in their van trying to track down the fake client but running into a lot of dead ends when Tae-jin arrives with a food delivery and asks if they’re making any progress. In-bum is unhappy with Ji-chul for sharing confidential information with someone untrustworthy and Tae-jin pretends to be hurt by In-bum’s suspicion before tipping them off about where to find the guy they’re looking for.

After a long chase through the backstreets, In-bum and Ji-chul finally corner their suspect in a dead end alleyway. He pulls out a knife, prepared to fight his way out, but Ji-chul produces a taser and sends him crashing to the ground.They attempt to interrogate the guy but he refuses to admit to anything that might implicate Director Do, so they turn him over to the police.

At a food stall, Tae-jin explains his cunning plan to his underling: he purposely fed In-bum and Ji-chul information which would seem useful but actually lead nowhere, so he could look like he was choosing them over Director Do without actually doing so. Tae-jin needs to earn their trust so that he can infiltrate Daebak Realty and funnel information back to Director Do, to reclaim his position and eventually get his nightclub back!

In-bum explains what’s been going on to Detective Kang, who says that there’s not much the police can do without evidence but agrees to investigate further. In-bum is surprised that he’s willing to believe someone he thinks is a fraud, but the detective says he’s just doing his job. In-bum reports back to Ji-ah but she doubts that the police will find anything, convinced that Director Do will have covered his tracks too well.

At the precinct, Team Leader Jung finds out that Hwa-jung’s case is being considered an accident rather than attempted murder and goes to confront the chief about it, but finds him mid-conversation with Director Do and has to withdraw. When he gets back to his office he finds Detective Kang waiting for him, hoping Jung will be able to help with his investigation into Dohak Construction and possible murder and intimidation attempts linked to the ongoing reconstruction project.

Detective Kang has discovered that Team Leader Jung previously investigated Golden Development’s role in Oh Sung-shik’s arson attack and wants to know why he suspected Director Do was involved, noting the similarities between the past and present cases. Team Leader Jung tells him that it was the natural conclusion to come to, because Do was the only one who benefitted from that fire.

No longer willing to keep risking the lives of the people she cares about, Ji-ah arranges a meeting with Director Do and offers to sell Daebak to him, on the condition that he allows her to exorcise the ghost attached to him. Not believing in ghosts, Do’s utterly baffled by this offer, convinced Ji-ah must have some ulterior motive he doesn’t know about.

She insists she just wants to free Sung-shik’s spirit and the director agrees to her terms, more out of curiosity than anything else. After she leaves, Director Do tells Secretary Choi that after he figures out what she’s up to, he’ll finish Ji-ah off himself.

Ji-chul and In-bum get into another disagreement over the trustworthiness of Tae-jin, In-bum telling Ji-chul he’s being too naive and Ji-chul pointing out they used to be conmen themselves but they’ve changed, so why can’t In-bum believe that Tae-jin’s done the same?

Just then Tae-jin rushes over to tell the restaurant owners that his contacts have managed to find a trace left by their missing son only 6 months ago, which proves he’s still alive, and assures them that he’ll keep looking. Touched, Ji-chul tells In-bum that only a good person would do something so selfless, and In-bum looks a little bit swayed.

That evening Tae-jin, clutching a talisman to ward off ghosts, gathers his courage and runs over to Daebak to plant a tracker underneath Ji-ah’s vehicle.

Ji-ah tells In-bum that Director Do agreed to let her exorcise Sung-shik’s ghost in return for the house. In-bum is immediately concerned about what that will mean for Mi-jin’s spirit, since it’s attached to the property, but Ji-ah tells him that she appeared at the warehouse so she must not be a poltergeist after all.

Ji-ah explains that Mi-jin’s ghost is attached to her for the same reason Sung-shik’s ghost is attached to Director Do: resentment. In-bum tries to tell her that can’t be right, but Ji-ah is doubtful, remembering the way her mother screamed at her to pull herself together. She tells In-bum that like him she too needs to know the truth, even if it’s painful, which is why she needs to see Sung-shik’s memories even if it costs her the house.

Ji-ah gets a call telling her that Hwa-jung has woken up, and rushes straight to the hospital to see her, the tracker flashing underneath her car. Hwa-jung teases her gently for forgetting to bring a gift but Ji-ah is overcome with relief to see that she’s alright, holding Hwa-jung’s hand and admitting that she was afraid she’d never be able to see her again. Chiding Ji-ah for crying over her, Hwa-jung promises that she won’t ever leave without her.

Ji-ah asks Hwa-jung why she was meeting with Director Do alone in the first place, and Hwa-jung explains that she’s actually been trying for a while to blackmail him into leaving them alone, using the threat of the secret memorandum as leverage. She told Do that she learned of it from Sung-shik shortly before his death, and threatened to go to the police and reveal his past crimes if he kept trying to harm Ji-ah. Hwa-jung tells Ji-ah that she doesn’t actually have the memorandum, so it was all bluster.

Ji-ah tells Hwa-jung that she’ll deal with Director Do herself from now on, but refuses to reveal her plans. Worried about what Ji-ah might do when she’s angry, Hwa-jung forbids her from acting until she’s discharged and they can discuss it properly.

Secretary Choi informs Director Do that Tae-jin has come to see him, claiming to have important information, and briefly gets a glimpse of Sung-shik’s ghost at the director’s side but is convinced that she must have imagined it. Tae-jin gives Director Do Hwa-jung’s location, having figured it out from the tracker on Ji-ah’s car.

Ji-ah walks through Daebak Realty and remembers the way it used to look so full of light and life, in the days when Mi-jin lived and worked there, speaking with clients and laughing with friends. Her memories of her mother smiling brightly and welcoming her home contrast strongly with the dark, silent presence of the ghost that awaits her now, and she apologises for not being able to protect the home that Mi-jin loved so much.

Director Do visits Hwa-jung’s hospital room, telling her not to believe she’s safe from him there as he dismisses the police officers stationed in front of the door with a nod. He says that any evidence or knowledge she might have won’t matter, because he’ll make them disappear along with her, and Hwa-jung replies that she won’t die that easily.

The smile on Hwa-jung’s face disappears when Do tells her that he’s agreed to Ji-ah’s exorcism, intrigued to find out why everyone seems to feel so strongly about it. Team Leader Jung arrives in a hurry and asks the director to leave, and Hwa-jung makes an urgent call to Ji-ah, who refuses to allow Hwa-jung to dissuade her from going ahead with the exorcism.

Hwa-jung is forced to resort to trying to get In-bum to see reason instead. She tries to emphasise to him how dangerous the exorcism will be given Sung-shik’s fury and strength, warning him that he could kill Director Do this time, but In-bum says that he’s prepared to live with those consequences. Hwa-jung points out that the ghost could kill Ji-ah too and that gives In-bum pause.

As In-bum goes to leave Hwa-jung asks if he’s considered that perhaps his uncle’s spirit is trapped here as penitence for his sins. She tells In-bum that she’s not willing to let Ji-ah suffer for the likes of someone like Sung-shik, either now or 20 years ago.

In-bum is sitting in his car thinking when he sees Ji-ah leave Daebak and asks where she’s going. She tells him she’s heading over to check out the parking garage where Sung-shik’s exorcism will take place, and he’s upset that she’d go somewhere so dangerous alone, without letting him know.

In-bum questions whether Ji-ah really thinks of him as her partner after all and she stares at him for a moment, before telling him to get in the car. The drive over is silent, both of them concerned for each other and lost in thought.

Ji-ah determines the building is free from spirits and turns to study In-bum, deducing from the solemn look on his face that Hwa-jung’s tried to talk him out of the exorcism. Ji-ah says she realises that they’re probably walking into Director Do’s trap by going ahead with it, but they have no other choice at this point.

In-bum tells Ji-ah that although he really wants to free his uncle’s spirit, he can’t be so selfish as to put her in danger to do it. She says that she’s doing this for herself, because she needs Sung-shik’s memories, not for In-bum’s sake, and tells him that she’s going to go ahead with the exorcism with or without him. Ji-ah will find another medium if she has to, so it’s just up to In-bum to decide whether he wants to be a part of it or not.

As he thinks it over, Ji-chul asks In-bum to consider not taking part in Sung-shik’s exorcism, worried about the effect the memories may have on him. He wants In-bum to leave it to Ji-ah, believing that her experience will help her cope.

In-bum arrives as Ji-ah is about to head out and, noticing that she’s all prepared, asks whether she’d arranged for another medium to replace him, sounding a little bit hurt. Ji-ah asks why she’d do that when she already has a special medium right here and In-bum can’t keep the pleased smile off his face as he grabs her bag and runs after her.

As he watches them drive away, Ji-chul reports to Hwa-jung that Ji-ah and In-bum are on their way to the exorcism, and she in turn calls Team Leader Jung and lets him know.

Director Do arrives with his entourage as Ji-ah and In-bum finish preparing the site for the exorcism, and demands that In-bum be tied up before they begin, to avoid a repeat of last time. Ji-ah refuses, worried that the spirit will harm In-bum during the possession if it finds itself restrained, but In-bum agrees, willing to risk his own wellbeing if it means not injuring anyone else.

Director Do’s henchmen chain In-bum to a convenient pillar before leaving at Ji-ah’s insistence that there be no outsiders present, only to reveal that a whole pack of Do’s thugs are lurking unseen around the next corner. Sung-shik’s ghost appears next to Director Do and Ji-ah closes the spiritual barrier to trap him, before In-bum removes his necklace and draws the ghost into himself.

As Sung-shik once again starts screaming at Director Do about his apartment, the thugs pour into the room and grab Ji-ah before she can exorcise him, breaking the barrier in the process. Sung-shik pulls against the restraints, desperate to attack Director Do as he stands in front of him, taunting him and slapping his face. Do addresses him as In-bum, shocking Sung-shik and riling him up so much that he manages to break his chains and throw the director into a wall.

Director Do stares up at In-bum horrified as Sung-shik chokes him, completely ignoring the goons’ efforts to pry him off their boss. As Sung-shik keeps screaming that he wants his apartment, his features superimpose themselves over In-bum’s, allowing Do to see him properly.

Ji-ah manages to free herself and shoots her nail gun at Sung-shik, knocking him off Director Do, but the thugs knock it out of her hand and grab her again before she can do anything more. Some of Do’s men drag him away from the scene of the fight while Sung-shik is preoccupied, and the rest all pile on to him to very little effect, as he shrugs off their blows and throws them around easily. Realising Director Do has gotten away, Sung-shik launches himself — and In-bum’s body — out of a window two storeys up as Ji-ah watches horrified.

 
COMMENTS

Wow, In-bum’s body really took a beating at the end there, even without the fall from the window! He should definitely be left with some broken bones at least after all that, although I doubt the drama will actually put him out of action for a couple of months at this point.

Director Do’s penchant for overly convoluted mousetrap-style schemes has come back to bite him, as all 3 of the people he tried to kill survived. He’s involved with organised crime and has a whole team of goons to do his bidding, and yet still decided to concoct an elaborate ruse to lure In-bum and Ji-ah into a giant freezer like a Bond villain rather than just send some guys to stab them and make it look like a mugging or something. And how did Hwa-jung just happen to be stood directly underneath that crane? When Do called her out, did he tell her to go to the construction site and stand on the giant white cross painted on the ground?

It’s a good thing Director Do is his own worst enemy, because I’m starting to find him a little bit too overpowered. Clandestine meetings with government officials I buy, because who trusts politicians, and a friendship with the chief of police is just about believable for someone rich and influential who regularly needs to have his illegal dealings smoothed over, but I found the way he just dismissed the officers at Hwa-jung’s door with a nod of his head to be stretching credibility a bit. And how many thugs did Do bring to the exorcism?! I’m starting to think he employs more goons than construction workers — or maybe they moonlight?

Although we’ve seen that Tae-jin is trying to infiltrate Daebak by convincing In-bum he’s changed, I’m pretty sure that his attempts to find the restaurant owner’s runaway son are actually sincere, not just for show. I like the glimpse of goodness in him, it’s very human. People aren’t just all-good or all-bad.

The mystery deepens yet again! Hwa-jung said something very interesting about Sung-shik to In-bum in this episode: “He might just be paying for the sins he committed. Because of someone like him, I can’t let something bad happen to Ji-ah. Both twenty years ago and now.” This comment implies that Hwa-jung not only knows about but actually played a role in whatever happened 20 years ago, somehow protecting Ji-ah at Sung-shik’s expense. Along with the fact that she visited him in hospital shortly after Mi-jin’s death and shortly before his own, I think we can assume that Hwa-jung and Sung-shik did know each other somehow. Was Hwa-jung actually the person who killed him, not Director Do? Or — slightly mad theory — was he the father of her child? I honestly hope not because the 20 year age difference there would make that pretty icky, but honestly it might explain why he was so desperate to get that apartment.

I have no idea what to make of Secretary Choi glimpsing Sung-shik’s ghost. It definitely seemed as though that was the first time she’d caught sight of him, so I don’t think she has spiritual powers. Has his grudge built to the point that he’s become strong enough to manifest? Maybe it’s tied into the super-strength Sung-shik displays while possessing In-bum, which I’m really hoping we’ll get a decent explanation for at some point.

I was interested to see how much lighter and airier Daebak Realty was in Ji-ah’s memories, back when her mom was still alive. Present-day Daeback seems darker and more oppressive in comparison, perhaps because she views the past through rose-colored glasses or maybe as a reflection of Ji-ah’s mood. She’s been cloistered there for years, unable to leave because of her obligation to Mi-jin’s ghost, and it’s become both her sanctuary and her prison. I was initially surprised she’d agreed to hand it over to Director Do so easily, but it’s actually very like Ji-ah to face hard decisions unflinchingly, and to prioritise the wellbeing of the people she cares about over a sentimental attachment to an inanimate building. I’m beginning to think giving the house up may actually be a good step forward for her, allowing her to metaphorically and literally let go of the past.

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I thought Ji-ah was unusually reckless in this episode. Did she really think Director Do would just let her perform the exorcism and then let her and In-bum go? Obviously no one else thought so, cos everyone around her had some kind of backup plan. But I guess the flashbacks to when Daebak Realty was full of light and friends and laughter show how much Ji-ah has lost, and hence how much she blames herself for it.

I don't think Hwa-jung has any personal connection with Oh Sung-shik. Since he was the one who had brought the egg ghost to Daebak, it seems reasonable for HJ to seek him out when investigating Mi-jin's death, and to blame him for Daebak's troubles.

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I also suspect that the deaths caused by the fire that transformed into an egg ghost attached to Im Bum back then as to somehoew cannect Uncle and that arson incident...

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Branwen, thanks for the recaps of this drama! This...

“yet still decided to concoct an elaborate ruse to lure In-bum and Ji-ah into a giant freezer like a Bond villain rather than just send some guys to stab them and make it look like a mugging or something. And how did Hwa-jung just happen to be stood directly underneath that crane? When Do called her out, did he tell her to go to the construction site and stand on the giant white cross painted on the ground?”

...has made me laugh out loud! Made my day. Director Do is indeed such a stretch of imagination, and I wish this character was more dimensional than typical Baddy Dr Evil but then this is often my criticism of ALL dramas. A lot of writers just can’t write good multidimensional villain characters, which is a sore wasted opportunity.

I enjoy the show immensely so far. The plot keeps me interested, the dynamics between the leads makes me swoony, and the mystery surrounding our leads and the ghosts keeps me on my toes with, “What’s next? What are the possibilities? How’s it going to be resolved?” More shows like these that make my days fill with lightheartedness of the pure entertainment. 🙏

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I wonder if Director Do's failure to kill his targets will be the end of him because he'll feel forced to do the wet work** himself and be finally unable to cover up his involvement.

**"Wet work" comes from 1998's A Perfect Murder, a not great movie with Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and pre-Lord of the Rings Viggo Mortensen. I don't remember a damn thing except for a stabby Michael Douglas wearing a frosted clear raincoat as he mutters, "How that for wet work." *shiver*

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I felt that episode 11 is lackluster overall.

For one, the gangster guy's scenes are really jarring. They are awkward and seem like an afterthought by the writer. It's like belated justification for trusting him and I think there are better ways of execution.

Ji-ah's deal with Do Hak-sung was expected for me. Once she knew that her mother is bound to her instead of the house, she didn't actually need to keep the house anymore. In fact, that was the only leverage she had that she could use. I was waiting for this deal to happen since the episode she discovered Oh Sung-shik's spirit. Episode 12 will shed some light on the backup plan though I would argue it's less than satisfactory.

The main highlight of episode 11 was the action scene at the end really. Of course, also that cliff-hanger that happens every episode. I have more to say on (grumble about) the logic of the plot when the recap for episode 12 is out though.

Right now, I'm slightly concerned that the writer might be running out of steam, and that the conclusion will be underwhelming. I've still got my fingers crossed though. Suppose that the ending disappoints, is it better to have good build up or no build up therefore no expectations?

I'm also starting to think that Ji-ah is the only draw of the show. At this point, I think the conman duo are lacking a bit of presence (more to come in episode 12). Basically, other than Jang Nara, Kang Mal-geum and Ahn Gil-kang (plus some guest stars, e.g. uncle), I don't think the other cast members are able to carry the non-comedic scenes by themselves. This might also be a writing issue, but we'll see.

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Episode 11 felt like a filler episode tbh.

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It's sad that Ji-A thinks that her mother is connected to her it's only because of resentment. For me, it looks like more she wants to protect her or because she's sorry. She really needs the truth about what happened this famous night because it makes her suffering a lot. Ji-Ah is pragmatic, she didn't need the house if her mother is not connected to it. The truth is more important to her.

The uncle looks like he was short-minded... His only thought is about the appartment for his mum and nephew. Not about the fact he burnt houses and killed people in the same time.

When Im-Bum is possessed, he becomes stronger and seemed kinda protected by the beating, so I guess it will help for the big jump.

Hwa-jung looks sincere with Ji-Ah, she really cares about her. I think she acted to protect Ji-Ah but lying never is the solution to do that...

Ji-Chul's naivety about Tae-jin is frustrating. If she finds her son, she can leave the house. Tae-jin is not trying to help her...

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Supposedly In-bum has stronger-than-usual medium powers, so I wonder if that will provide some protection. After all, he was able to break the chains just by brute force when he was possessed. .

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He can recharge Ji-Ah too. He always has been special.

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a couple times we've seen the sticks that the thugs are using breaking when they hit In Beom so i think he does have some kind of special invulnerability in addition to being super strong when he's possessed. i'm just going with that logic : )

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I am getting frustrated with Director Do. I agree that he is too overpowered which in turn makes him quite boring. He is standard moustache twirling baddie with too many goons at his bidding. I think show should have limited his screen time and used him sparingly. He is not that interesting to watch every episode.
I also find Ji-chul’s naivety quite frustrating but I can get behind his choice. His character is bit naïve from the start which was bit of an odd choice as he was a con artist.
Hwa-jung is quite sincere in her wish to protect Ji-ah but she should have seen how much burden Ji-ah is carrying due to mystery surrounding her mother’s death. She is in this prison of constant agony and self-blame which is stopping her from moving forward.
I am hoping, the conclusion regarding Ji-ah mother’s death would be satisfactory, otherwise pain Ji-ah has gone through for past 20 years would be meaningless.

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I agree JiAh's land deal for the exorcism was ridiculous. Why would level headed JiAh give up everything for a remote possibility of learning information on her mother's passing? I can see why Do thought they were trying to scam him, but did he not get the message the first time when he kidnapped JiAh and In-boem to have his wrist broken?

I think we are starting to get some clarity on Hwa-jung's troubled past. I initially thought her child's death was in 1979 but now I appears it was around 20 years ago. I still think Hwa-jung and Do have a troubled, past connection. (Side tangent: Director Do's name can have a rough translation of "state of crane anger." Does that explain his attempted murder of Hwa-jung?)

The fight scene was the best part of the episode. For a supernatural show, the special effects have been done pretty well.

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Regarding the house, I think it is more inclined that Jia will make this decision, she already learned that her mother is tied with her and not with the house, the most important thing for her now is to know the truth regarding the past. She is willing to take Do's trap, she is aware of it, for a chance to get information about the past. She is that desperate.

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I agree, she has become singleminded in her pursuit of finding out what happened that day, even though pretty much everyone else including her best friend and her dead mom keep telling her not to. The tension for me now is whether or not her obsession will be worth it or if it will destroy everything around her that she cares about. Which has come to include not only her best friend but In-Beom. But I have to admire her tenacious desire to get to the bottom of this mystery which has shaped her life for the past 20 years. Once she does will she be able to move on? or will she be destroyed too?

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I can buy Ji-ah giving up the house since she knows now that her mom isn't tied to it and she was not making any headway into solving the case of her mom. It took 20 years or circling the drain to cross paths with In-beom and Director Do. And Director Do isn't someone you can easily approach. I guess an alternative would be to kill In-beom, turn him into the ghost, exorcise him, and dig through his childhood memories. I think her mom would have preferred Ji-ah start afresh somewhere.

Shame to sell the house though because the interior is so much more interesting than most kdrama houses.

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I really love that house!

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There's no guarantee you get the memories you want from the ghost. The brain's not a recording device so even a dead In-bum wouldn't have anything useful.

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@Branwen, your description at what Director Do should have done is Hilarious because it is true. What a drama Queen. Also you would think once he realized that it was Sung Shik, that he would have let Ji Ah exorcise him, but noooo.

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Real question: If Ji-Ah's mom died 20 years ago and Ji-Ah's been an exorcist for 10 years, what happened in the 10 years between mom's death and Ji-Ah taking up the exorcist mantle? Did she just finish school and live a normal life during that time? Will we see a prequel with teen Ji-Ah in training? Exorcist School 2005?

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The healing powers of people in this drama are amazing. Injuries that would normally require months of recovery the characters just spring back from.

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The healing powers of people in this drama are amazing.

Hilarious. But this applies to all of dramaland. I've had acne that took longer to heal than Hwa-jung's hospital stay.

Side note: I'm currently watching the c-drama Imperial Coroner. One neat detail from the earliest episodes was that the ML had a bruise on his forehead that took days to heal. Over several episodes, you saw it fading away—it didn't just miraculously disappear.

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Alternate Endings Game: The baddie gets the land, puts up his big new building -- and the site is still haunted by the ghosts of Mi-jin, Sung-shik, or both (what a couple they'd make!). Ghosts scare all the tenants away, building is a huge flop, baddie begs Ji-ah to exorcise them but she refuses. Baddie goes bankrupt and becomes homeless.
I know this can never happen in kdramaland, but still....

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Or the demolition crew cannot knock down the reality building as mom ghost interferes with all their electrical equipment to scare off the men. Happy ending when Do turns building back to JiAh at huge loss.

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My ending: New building goes up, bad gangster dies in some spectacular fashion, must haunt his building for all eternity,

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Thank you for the recap!

Upon reading the recap, I began to see many things that aren’t that believable (apart from the world-building.) First of all, I think people make a very wrong mistake for trying to protect the other person by not telling them the truth or trying to sugarcoat it. I think it had to be from this show, the one quote I heard of recently and I really really like: the truth will hurt you so much, but it’s still a thousand times better than knowing it’s out there but not knowing what it is. I don’t know, but right now I’m feeling like they have been too over-protective of Ji-ah, and she isn’t a child anymore. I feel fine her to be honest, but I also hope that I’m right in believing that she can handle the truth.

The character I love the most at this point turned out to be Tae-jin. Yes! The thug who is so funny I actually believed it at one point that he really changed. I found his rapport with the two elderly owners of the food shop very lovely. Just watching he changes his facial expressions -from being a deceptively good person to a real him- is funny enough I have to stick with this show. I really like him.

The scene I loved the most in this ep is the last scene tbh. I think Yong-hwa did well in that fighting scene and I was go smacked my jaw dropped when I saw him jumping out of the building. I really liked this cliffhanger.

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First of all, I think people make a very wrong mistake for trying to protect the other person by not telling them the truth or trying to sugarcoat it.

Oh my god—this is a pernicious dramaland issue in general. Though I've wondered how much of it might be culturally embedded. Here are two egregious examples of hiding the truth:

In TERIUS BEHIND ME (2018), the twins aren't told of their father's murder. Daddy's away for "work," during the entire series and show never bothers to show how or if the children ever learn why their father is suddenly out of their lives. (It's no spoiler that the father dies. He literally doesn't matter as a character; his death drives the plot.)

Worse, late in another drama (I won't spoil), the audience and FL discover that she has a baby brother who died in a car crash when they were about 4 and 6. Suffering her own trauma, she forgot about her brother's existence. So her parents went along with it and wiped away the boy's existence while secretly visiting the child's grave for the next two decades. Even the FL's best friend from childhood kept the secret. This grotesque plot twist put me in such rage that I refused to watch the last two episodes. Just thinking about it now makes my throat tighten.

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I suppose this was always the series from the beginning, but the 'brutal villain gangster with henchmen' scenes lowered the enjoyability quotient a bit for me.

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Jiah takes out 15 gangsters when last week she couldn't handle one chicken cook.

Finding it hard to separate this episode from the next as they very much work as a set. At first I was annoyed at Jiah giving Wile E Coyote the house but I guess she figures she can take him down with what she learns from In-bum's Uncle. And I guess 'taking him down' isn't her main motivation anyway as much as finding a solution to her mother's situation.

I find the most interesting thing about this show is the way in which people subscribe motives to the restless spirits around them based on their own fears, insecurities and guilt. Would Jiah have resolved this much sooner if she wasn't wallowing in her own self-loathing over her perceived failure to exorcise her mother?

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One very good example of the thing you described is Oh Sung-shik’s motive for burning down the village.

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The ghost was preoccupied with getting the apartment unit promised to him, but I can’t lie that I shed some tear learning that President Do tricked him into thinking of getting the unit for his mother and the little In-bum. (Am I crossing the line of recap for ep11 here?) Yes, he was an arsonist, but he wasn’t the person instigating the idea, and there was much more into it. Yet, he was deemed trash by so many people already, and upon learning that his ghost still lingered around, they thought it was deserving of him. How sad.

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Jiah takes out 15 gangsters when last week she couldn't handle one chicken cook.

You made me cackle.

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Same!

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Many a drama I've watched has a sort of clunky "transition" week, and I think this was it for SYHH, with ep 11 feeling like pivoting filler. There will little moments I enjoyed, but I did feel like there were several elements the drama was asking us to swallow simply for the sake of moving the story into building the final crescendo - namely Ji-ah getting mega sloppy and consciously deciding to walk into Director Do's trap without taking any counter or protective measures. I can buy her growing desperation to uncover the truth about her mother's death - and how desperation can make you do rash things - but she's much smarter than that even on her bad days, so that was a bit disappointing. I thought ep 12 (which, as LT has noted, really belongs linked to this one) helped smooth some of that out, though.

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