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My Roommate Is a Gumiho: Episodes 7-8 Open Thread

Nothing like a hint of danger to bring two people (people?) closer together and reveal their true feelings. With a sudden surge of supernatural occurrences, our main leads have quite a lot on their plates. Our gumiho realizes just how high the stakes are, and it brings him to an important decision, while our strong-willed college girl has to wrangle with jealousy, betrayal, and heartbreak.

EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP

Careful everyone, a supernatural killer is on the loose — Hye-sun warns our gumiho, and it’s a warning he does well to heed. All the random women we have seen hovering around Woo-yeo are murdered (this played out so cleverly!), so it’s only logical to expect cute, bead-holding Lee Dam to be next.

While Hye-sun and Woo-yeo try to protect Dam and the precious fox bead, Dam herself is clueless about the danger. Her biggest problem is the fact that she’s discovered Woo-yeo’s first love via portrait, and she’s worried that he still loves her. She’s even more worried because the woman seems to be very much alive and running a flower shop the two walk past often (*waves at Jung So-min again and tells her to go back to her own drama*).

The plot line with the supernatural creature hunting Dam resolves pretty quickly — but first, to my utter amusement, we see this creature shapeshifting and lurking about — only for it to be revealed as a fluffy Persian cat. It stares into the window ominously at Woo-yeo, and skulks around. Very dangerous enemy.

Thankfully, Hye-sun is better at security than she is at understanding Korean. She not only protects Dam on campus, but she quickly finds the creature. Woo-yeo shows up shortly, and they soon learn that the mysterious cat isn’t the baddie after all! It’s just good ol’ Go Kyung-pyo as a mountain spirit who has been protecting, not hunting, Dam.

He’s also here to warn Woo-yeo what will happen if he doesn’t turn human before he hits his 1,000 years of life. I’m glad they addressed this. It’s good to know, and it adds a hell of a sense of urgency — he needs human energy and he needs it fast, or he’s going to turn into this evil beast they know as a maegu.

As mentioned earlier, the concurrent — and conflicting — plotlines going on at this point in the story are contrasted for a really great effect. Dam is falling deeper for Woo-yeo at every turn despite her best attempts not to, and who can blame the girl (I mean, she’s got Woo-yeo flashing her happy smile when he spots her from across the street).

While Dam is trying to keep a lid on her crush and keep him from seeing Flower Shop Girl, he’s trying to protect her from imminent death. Coincidentally, both become the same thing, since the evil maegu that’s killing all these women (and after the bead) has taken the form of Flower Shop Girl. And it’s kinda scary!

Woo-yeo is a good man to have in a fight. He keeps suuuuper close tabs on Dam, and when the maegu shapeshifts into him and closes in on Dam while she’s studying all night at the library, Woo-yeo makes short work of it. After a cool fight sequence, he kills the maegu and keeps everyone safe — but it’s also enough for him to realize that he needs to change his plans to become human.

Woo-yeo decides that the fox bead must be removed from Dam. It’s quite a moment. He confesses to her that he lied, and knew how to remove the bead all along. Then he warns her that she won’t remember anything. Poor Dam is utterly lost in the moment, though, because even though Woo-yeo just revealed a huge betrayal, he’s also leaning in towards her, and she’s utterly frozen, with tears streaming down her face. The fox bead is exchanged. The contract is over. Nooooooo!

After that moment, it feels like we start the next episode in phase two of the story. We meet Dam again, waking up back in her bed, living her old life. Everything seems back to normal and forgotten — except it’s not. There’s this lingering, leftover sadness in her, and we soon realize that she hasn’t forgotten Woo-yeo at all. She tries to cover it up with all the chicken and alcohol she can, but she remembers all too well.

It’s time for the smitten Sun-woo to return and try to fill up the space in her heart. Thanks to “help” from each of their siblings, the two go on a date. Despite his confession, Dam later makes it clear that someone else is in her heart… and that someone hears her.

Post-contract Woo-yeo isn’t much better off than Dam. In fact, rather than keep his distance, he turns up on campus as the new history professor. Everyone is swooning over him — except Dam, whose broken heart you can feel a mile away. This professorship is convenient, though, because it puts Woo-yeo back in her everyday life like never before. And so, he not only confirms that Dam remembers everything (that strong mind just like her mother haha), but that she has feelings for him.

It’s an interesting turn we take here, that Woo-yeo keeps putting himself in Dam’s path despite removing the bead and trying to make a clean break. In other words, he realizes that he likes her, and the thought seems to catch him off guard. I would argue that he already knew he liked her and just wasn’t willing to see it (hence the insistence on their “family” bond). But now — now he knows.

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It took him long enough to find out his feelings for Dam. For an 999 year old gumiho and supposed dating guru, he is really slow on the uptake. 🤦‍♀️
The best scenes for me were those of Hye Sun and her takedown of the Jaejin's annoying ex. Plus anything with her and Jaejin really. Love to see more of their buildup. ❤

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Actually the more you know the more confusing things can be. He must have seen so much in his 999 years of life that's hard to recognize love from simple affection.

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Part of my issue with this is the writer made him find out Dam likes him and he likes Dam in the same episode. I would expect him to know sooner that Dam likes him and the struggle on his feelings would be about this episode.

I dont buy that he would not recognize attraction or interest. All women he encounters has variations of interest in him at first sight. He wouldve known that first since gumihos use their beauty to seduce humans.

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If they did it sooner, it will be said that they did not build-up the relationship properly. If too late, he's dense for an old dude. Hmm it could happen sooner or later for anyone, but whatever is convenient for the story I guess. XD

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He is dense for a world weary and supposedly smart gumiho. I guess the writer is showing that gumihos are not all that. Look at HyeSun she is perfectly imperfect and I like her better just the way she is.

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Jae Jin is adorable. I hate it when people mess with such adorable characters. I love Hye Sun and I want more of their scenes.

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Hopefully we do see more next episode. I have been looking forward on how their story plays out. Hye Sun has personality and I like her. Jaejin needs someone like her on his side to boost him up.

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Yes. Totally agree

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If Jae Jin and Hye Sun continue, they will become my favorite 2nd couple. Sometimes in kdrama, more fans are pulling for the 2nd couple than the 1st couple because their story has a lot of potential and are often overlooked.

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I started watching this last week and I am really happy. Because He-Is-So-FLUFFY!!! (with tails, I mean) They even make up for the "oroshin" yuckinness to me. I can't help myself, I just love the gumiho lore.

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Those previews? Kyaaaaaaaa, I can't wait for next week!

But are you sure he knows she likes him and that she remembers everything? I don't recall a scene where he figures out she likes him. And not to spoil (sorry!) but it seems he finds out she remembers everything next week instead, according to the previews.

Hye-sun was gold, as usual. Really can't wait for next week!

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Lee Dam is shaping up to be one of my favourite drama heroines ever. I love that she is so direct and readily tells Sun Woo that she likes someone else. I also love that she is so protective of her friend, Jae Jin, but stands ready to support him even if he doesn't take her advice. Fingers crossed that she continues to be a great character!

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I have to say it is incredibly satisfying every time Dam makes clear she doesn't like Sun Woo. I mean every single time it is satisfying, lol. I'm not sure why, but I feel fulfilled. There is no vagueness at all with her. I also love that she eats. So often they will sure kdrama heroines eating a few grains of rice, but not her, she eats with relish and gusto. That makes me happy.

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Its satisfying for me because he was an a** in the beginning. I really hate the bet with his equally douchy friend.
I like that Dam knows what she wants and does not want to deal with the nonsense with SunWoo.

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I also love how Dam makes it clear she doesn't like Sun Woo. And she does it in like a serious, adult way. Like she doesn't think he's a terrible person, but she just doesn't see a future for romance or even friendship (when Jaejin and Sookyung are your best friends, it's a high bar to live up to!). It's refreshing also since the writer could have left it vague and have Dam hang out with another cute guy and created a love triangle, which dramas tend to do.

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I loved that she made it crystal clear and didn't dilly-dally with him. Also she wasn't afraid that his feelings would be hurt and I am so happy about that.

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Thank you missvitrix for your weecap, hoping each week in turns into a weekly recap! Love reading your comments and summery. Waa, I need our sweet OTPs to be back together, like yesterday! I miss their sweet interactions and thoughtfulness. Please drama gods, have Woo-yeo and Dam living and loving under the same roof again soon. And Hye-sun is simply hilarious. Could she follow Dam any closer, or be anymore snarky to Seon Woo by telling him to quit pursuing Dam instead of smoking and the best is her take down of Jae-jin's ex, classic! I am starting to love her.

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Sorry Thank you missvictrix, not missvitrix!

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It's such a fun drama! I'm sure they will be back in the house together soon... OR ELSE!

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So far, Hye-sun has been getting the best lines.

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I was a little disappointed that this week went angst and separation, but the secondary and side characters kept it light, even amidst - horror or horrors - their midterms. Hye-sun act like Woo-yeo is a frenemy, but he is sort of family to her too. She cares about his well-being. Jaejin and Hyesun were extra cute and awesome this week. Dramas should always have 2 likable couples, so one gets a little frustrating, the other one can pinch-hit.

I was a little taken-aback that after 999 years, he never thought to ask what happens if he didn't turn human before his 1000th year. Maybe most gumihos are good at getting it all done well before the deadline. I'm glad the maegu was dispatched quickly and that Go kyung-pyo's character wasn't a bad guy. Jung So-min did a chilling job with her cameo as florist/maegu.

I feel protective of Dam and felt it was sort of unfair that he put himself in her path again as her professor. Like not only did you do an incomplete job erasing yourself from her memories, you come as a professor and throw a wrench into her emotions as she is trying to deal with this while having no one to talk to about it . She has to sit in class watching you dashingly lecture for an hour about her favorite subject and she has to hear all her female classmates think he's hot. If he wanted to watch over her, at least put on a disguise.

Missing the cohabitation already!

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It seems not all gumihos are given the chance of becoming human. In the first episode we can see SWY was given that chance as a gift by the Mt. God. He didn't tell him that there's more to the deadline than just losing the chance for good.

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agree with you, specially since its her first time liking someone, i can feel her pain whenever she has to see him in campus. but in his defense he dont know that he was failed erasing her memory. i wish she blurts, yells, screams everything on him in the next episode.

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I want her to scold him for lying to her and trying to erase her memories without her consent. I’m glad she’s angry as well as sad, but I want her to let her anger out on him. Make him truly realize what he did was very wrong.

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If he wanted to watch over her, at least put on a disguise.
This wouldve worked well and he can put on the same one. Dam would still recognize him. But I guess the production forego that since they would have to pay extra for the actor who will cameo.

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I miss the cohabitation already!
I'm quite sure of the fact that our gumiho is really being dense because Dam's eyes throughout episode 8 were screaming the words: 'I remember everything'. How could he not catch up on that at all?

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The yeoja POX is my favourite character! Though according to Woo Yeo she is dumb, she's so sensitive. The best scene is when she stood up for Jae Jin in front of his ex: "On Saturday, he's mine!" LoL. Way to go Hye Sun ah... :)

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Hye-sun doesn't need to feel inferior next to Woo-yeo- she may not be a Sungkyungkwan Scholar and she may only know 1000 chinese characters after all this time, but she probably understood more about humans by year 100 than Woo-yeo at year 999.

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I like Sun Woo. He did a bad thing but he apologized for it and he's honest with his feelings. When the Gumiho lied to Dam about the marble, even if this time he didn't watch her dying slowly, hidded from her that she was in danger, and tried to erase her memories. And now, he's stalking her. He's nice but for the important things, he just acts like she was kid to protect.

I wonder why the Gumihos must become human in 1000 years. Why after this period, they turn in demon. Their purpose is to steal human energy?

I found Gumiho-Dam's parts boring. Fortunately, there is Hye-Sun! I love her character and Kang Hana is doing a good job!

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Sun Woo apologized about the bet because he likes Dam, not because he thinks it's a wrong thing to do. He has a reputation in the university and so far we are not shown anything to prove it wrong.

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He knew from the start it was wrong, he just followed his "friends". It was completely stupid and mean, no doubt about it. But he stopped it and apologized.

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I was honestly so annoyed Woo Yeo for coming to the college as her professor. I get it that the best way for you to be around her without raising suspicion was to come in as her professor and you didn't realize your feelings for her then but seriously dude. I think one of the reasons he said "she is so young" when he realised his feelings for Dam is because he had assumed that what he was feeling for her, the affection and the protectiveness was in a family sort of way. That is why it was surprising for him. His first love had been centuries ago and in comparison to that, Dam would obviously feel young. I loved Hye Sun this week and I felt so bad for Jae Jin. Good people like him don't deserve bad people like his ex. Hye Sun saying she doesn't care if the ex is Jae Jin's ex or a utility pole had me laughing. I really want these two to be together. Also I felt the angst in this episode man. I know that Jang Ki Yong isn't the best actor but my god does he make me feel things. I really wished the writers had given his character more depth.

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I'm not crazy about the "hot for teacher" scenario they've set up but it's to be expected in dramaland. History 101? Pffffft. I thought they're 22-year-old history majors, right?

The camera certainly loves our pretty gumiho (so, so! pretty) and it was fun to see him switch from his usual staid persona and ruthlessly dispatch the maegu.

The platonic cross-gender friendships around the OTP makes this show stand out. While Dam has her two besties, I find Woo Yeo's reluctant friendship with Hye Sun's particularly delightful. What can I say? Hye Sun shimmied her shoulders right into my Grinch-y heart.

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Yes to the platonic cross gender friendships. I love that they are so natural.

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The parallels between this series and Doom At Your Service keep coming and I find it highly amusing. I'm enjoying Doom just a touch more but its a close race.
The actress who plays Soo-kyung the bestie, Park Kyung-hye, looked surprisingly cute these episodes. With some supporting actors it just does your heart good seeing them getting roles.

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I remember last week, many were worried that the show would turn into a semi-horror-murder-mystery, and it was refreshing to see that not only did they solve the mystery within the very next episode, but its purpose was its aftermath rather than its existence, if that makes sense. Other shows might have dragget the mystery more episodes, which would make the comedy sink because there is a murder lose, but this was solved swiftly only for it to present a bigger problem regarding the gumiho's future.

I was so unsure about Hyeri due to "Miss Lee", but I absolutely LOVE Dam! Not only is she perfect for the actress, but Dam herself feels in some ways more real than many leads. I can't explain it, something about her whims, carefree student-live, and how she knows what she wants. She has never dated, not because she is innocent, shy or the like, but because she decided not to, and is able to view men as her friends as well. I know plenty of women who never dated or slept with people until their thirties, but somehow in many dramas, the reasons they make the girl so clueless feels like a vague and childlike excuse to infantilize her, rather than her actually being a mature woman who simply decided not to date.

The gumiho returning as a professor teacher was a bit of a meanmove, I hope they will adress it later.

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I just wanna say that in these 8 episodes Kang Hanna got already double the screen time that she got in Start Up.

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I love the drama! I like the pacing, how conflicts are resolved quickly. And I like how the characters are mature in their relationship dealing, esp Dam.

I finally realized after watching It 3 times one thing that is missing and made me confused about JKYs character. He’s a smart fox, he reads a lot, ge makes connections (Like figuring out the evil spirit or the mountain gods). But JKY isn’t acting like he’s smart. Or it’s not as apparent as some other actors who show you they’re thinking. So then what he does sometimes seem so….out of the blue.

That’s about my only complaint.

Ep 8 was so angsty. Hopefully it gets happier next episode.

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I cried so hard when he confessed how he lied, the background song in ep 7 and she began crying as he removed the bead from her. I love love this drama.
Thanks for the recap

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Though throughly enjoyable It seems to me this is a poor mans GOBLIN.

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I'm just surprise that the killer is dead in this episode. So it's about the journey of Woo Young become a human after all with sprinkle of romantic comedy. Well, I'm gad it's not all about murderer.

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I was a bit insulted on Hye-sun's behalf that nobody considered this newly minted human/ex-gumiho to be in danger from the evil spirit. Women around our hero were getting murdered and nobody gave Hye-sun a second thought.

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The way Hye-sun handled JaeJin when he tried to sneak up behind Dam in class, showed she more than capable of protecting herself against a evil spirit or anyone.

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Does anyone get My Love From The Stars vibes from this drama ?
Woo Yeo is so similar to Do Min Joon, a lonely ancient being, weary of the world, wary of making connections with people and hurting them. And this episode, he actually turns up as professor too !
And Hye Sun is like Cheon So Jin, with her ditzy, prickly, not-too-bright character trying to looks smart and cool, but she is actually a kind-hearted, loyal person.

It was so heartbreaking when he took out the bead ... I still can't get over it !

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Where did the Evil spirit gumiho go after its last appearance? what happened to her?

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